The Franco-Albertan flag was raised in Red Deer for the eighth year on Saturday at Red Deer Winter Carnaval 2017.
Hosted by the Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta Red Deer, the annual Carnaval brought French Canadian flare to winter with music, snowy outdoor fun, and of course the traditional favorite — sweet maple taffy.
During the flag raising ceremony at Festival Hall, Red Deer-North MLA Kim Schreiner said the Franco-Albertan flag will also make its provincial debuté.
“March 3 marks the day that for the first time the Franco-Albertan flag will stand tall at the grounds of the Alberta Legislature as well as the McDougall Centre in Calgary,” Schreiner said.
She said the flag’s French fleur-de-lis and Alberta wild rose flower are a testament to the sharing of culture that is part of communities throughout Alberta.