Festival du Voyageur Warms Up Winnipeg - Minister Glover joins thousands of Manitobans at annual winter celebration
OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2014
OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages, will join thousands of people
celebrating the Franco-Manitoban joie de vivre at the 2014 Festival du Voyageur.
On February 14, Minister Glover will be the first-ever Honorary Parade
Marshal of the Manitoba Hydro Torch Light Walk. She will guide hundreds
of people bearing candles and torch lights on this annual walk from The
Forks to Voyageur Park, where the official opening ceremonies will take
place. A special celebration around a symbolic fire will formally kick
off the 2014 edition of the Festival du Voyageur.
The Minister will also take part in the Gala des Rendez-vous de la
Francophone, which will take place at the Relais du Voyageur at the
Centre culturel franco-manitobain on February 16. The Gala, a joint
effort of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie and Just for Laughs,
celebrates the 15th edition of the Rendez-vous.
Finally, Minister Glover will celebrate Manitoba'sLouis Riel Day on
February 17 at Voyageur Park. Along with hundreds of festival-goers
wearing blue or white, she will participate in an attempt to create the
largest "living" Métis flag ever.
The Festival du Voyageur is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2014.
Manitoba'sLouis Riel Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February.
"I have been attending the Festival du Voyageur ever since I can
remember, and I look forward to the entertainment, the food, and the
historical re-enactments every year. There is no better way to beat the
winter chill than to get out of the house and celebrate our proud
French Canadian and Métis culture with friends and family."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"We are pleased that Minister Shelly Glover is taking part in many of
our activities during the 45th edition of the Festival du Voyageur. It is a pleasure for us to be able
to welcome the Minister in her new position as Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages."
—Ginette Lavack Walters, Executive Director, Festival du Voyageur