St. Malo hosts 4th annual Festival of Friends


By Marianne Curtis

The community of St. Malo opened the doors of the community for four days in February when the Friends of the Park committee hosted the fourth annual Festival of Friends.

Taking place in the St. Malo Provincial Park, the four day event kicked off February 17 and runs until February 20. The annual festival draws hundreds of participants to St. Malo for a spectacular celebration of culture, cuisine and traditions.

Weekend events included an outdoor movie, fireworks, powwow, ice races, pea soup contest ice fishing, skating, snow maze, snowshoeing, horse drawn hayrides and much more.

There was also tons of live entertainment all weekend including performances by the Asham Stompers, La Bandaline, the Kussif Class Rock Band, Michael Audette, the Remillard Family, Rebondir. There is even a special kids show featuring Marie Josee Clement.

In addition, Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to announce federal funding for the Friends of St. Malo Provincial Park, which will be used to support the Festival of Friends.

“Celebrations like the Festival of Friends provide an opportunity to celebrate the history and culture we share as Canadians,” stated Toews. “The family-friendly environment encourages friends and neighbours to participate in activities that not only celebrate our national identity but support the local economy.”

The St. Malo Festival of Friends was established in 2008 and dedicated to celebrating and highlighting the Francophone and Métis culture of the region. The festival takes place at the Parc Provincial de St-Malo and includes winter activities as well as demonstrations of the local historical Francophone and Métis heritage.

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Provencher MP Vic Toews has a little fun trying his arm in the soup can toss.

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2 responses to “St. Malo hosts 4th annual Festival of Friends

  1. Marc

    The boogie wheel club brings in a big crowd of people every year and are name is not even mentioned,,,,,,,booo hooo,, after all the hassel we went trough to get this parade part of the festival..Next year ????????????

    • I am sorry – i was not at that part of the event and didnt see it on the schedule when i looked either. I know I had it in last year. I wasnt aware there was issues with getting the parade going either – that could have been part of the story. Give me a headsup next year re this or any other newstip and I will make sure that you wont be missed again. Marianne