Above – Le Fuzz Band members Jason Kodie on accordion and Frank Bessai on fiddle. – Lucie Roy Photos

Blue, white and pink flags are flying over municipalities in Alberta as communities raised the Franco-Albertan flag in honour of Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), running Mar. 3 to 23. This year’s theme is La Francophonie en 3D : Diversité, Dualité, Dynamisme!

Morinville raised the flag at noon Mar. 4 in St. Jean Baptiste Park with Councillor Brennan Fitzgerald bringing greetings from Mayor and Council.

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is an initiative of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, a group which promotes and supports dialogue between the Francophone and Acadian, and all other communities in Canada.

But Friday’s flag raising was just the start to a day of community activities that celebrated Francophone culture and heritage.

The park event was followed by school presentations at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre.

Once again this year, the Town of Morinville also hosted a Francophone celebration in the evening at the cultural centre.

The evening included static displays of Francophone culture and local history, a supper of poutine and salad, and entertainment by Le Fuzz and Dance, a multilingual world beat folk band from Edmonton.

For more info on Rendezvous la Francophonie, visit RVF.ca.

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About 200 attended the Friday night event.

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Two students show their Fench pride.

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Councillor Brennan FitzGerald brings greetings from the Town.

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