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2015 Red Lake Winter Carnival – Carnaval d’hiver de Red Lake

The Red Lake Francophone Association pulled off a successful Winter Carnival on Feb. 28 at Centennial Park and the Red Lake Community Centre. Families participated in a variety of activities, including snowshoeing, skating, igloo building, and painting in the snow, while enjoying traditional French-Canadian cuisine like pea soup and maple taffy. The bilingual event was run entirely by volunteers who hope to continue infusing the community with more French-Canadian culture. Photos by Claire Cudahy

Igloo
Jaqueline Maldonado Montelongo’s colourful winter wares fit in perfectly with the rainbow igloo that she helped build at the Red Lake Winter Carnival.
The line was out the door of the tent for the tire sur la neige (maple taffy on snow).
The line was out the door of the tent for the tire sur la neige (maple taffy on snow).
Zachary Racine enjoys some snowshoeing fun on the course set up for the Winter Carnival.
Zachary Racine enjoys some snowshoeing fun on the course set up for the Winter Carnival.
Madeleine Oakes, principal at L'École catholique des Étoiles-du-Nord, and Michele Alderton, founder of the Red Lake Francophone Association, take a pause from their pea soup to pose for a picture.
Madeleine Oakes, principal at École catholique des Étoiles-du-Nord, and Michele Alderton, founder of the Red Lake Francophone Association, take a pause from their pea soup to pose for a picture.
Snowtoss
Carnival organizers incorporated snow in most of the activities, including a dinosaur dig in the powder, a snowball toss, and tic-tac-toe in the snow.

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