Tess Flanagan, left, and Elise Schultz of Red Deer try some frozen maple syrup on a stick at the Carnaval in Red Deer on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Winter Carnaval fun in Red Deer

Hosted by the Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta Red Deer

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.

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