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La Ronde's annual carnival underway

Signs of the festivities are popping up around town
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Timmins Mayor George Pirie, Bonhomme, La Ronde executive director Lisa Bertrand, and Cameron Grant at a proclamation for the cultural group's annual winter carnival that runs until Feb. 24. Natalie Saint-Cyr/RogersMedia

There's a lot of fun planned for the next two weeks. 

La Ronde's annual winter carnival has kicked off and is featuring a variety of activities for kids and adults until Feb. 23.

Signs of the carnival are popping up around town.

La Ronde executive director Lisa Bertrand said there 17 businesses taking part in the store front decorating competition, and six schools are getting creative with ice sculptures. 

“All throughout the two weeks we have the Bonhomme that’s going to go and do some Zumba and we’re going to go do some yoga, and we’re going to do a paint and sip with Rebel Soul Tribe,” she said.

There is still room for a couple of teams in the ball hockey tournament. 

It's being held Feb. 15 and 16 at Full Beard Brewing. The cost is $20 per person, and includes a ticket to Dayv Poulin’s show at the brewery Feb. 16. To register, call Eric Paquette at 705-363-8902.

Keeping traditions like the La Ronde carnival alive is important for Bertrand. 

"I definitely think for the French community, it’s just important; it’s about our culture. Especially everything that’s going on with the government, we just need to show that...we are here in the community, and it is important,” she said.

Another highlight of the carnival is comedian Jean-Michel Anctil's show at Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 for members or $60 for non-members. 

The kids are going to want to be at the SAMAJAM show Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.

The interactive event is being held at the La Ronde Cultural Centre gymnasium, 120 Kent Ave. It’s free for members and $10 for non-members.

Bonhomme will be unveiled Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

A dinner, show and dance is being held at Cedar Meadows Resort. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.

Keep up-to-date with all the activities on La Ronde's Facebook page

Bertrand said the schedule is also posted in the window of the old Bucovetsky's store downtown Timmins.

- With files from Rogers Media


Maija Hoggett

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