Pour La Joie de Jigger

It’s that time of year again…

Franco-manitobains around the city have grabbed their capots, moccasins and certainly their ceinture fléchées to proudly celebrate the Festival du Voyageur.

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, I got the pleasure to attend an event I hold very closely to my heart: The Jigging Competition.

My sisters and I competed in this competition for many years growing up. Our mom always encouraged us to express our French blood through dancing, as she had herself for many years.

My mom thought us some basic steps and we’d practice them for weeks leading to the competition. Our hard work payed off as we each took our turn to win the competition. I will certainly pass on the jigging tradition to my children some day.

Anyways, enough about my childhood… This year is about these courageous competitors! They each did such a fantastic job and it was great seeing all their hard work demonstrated on stage.

If you were unable to attend the competition this year, or the Festival du Voyageur in general, I strongly recommend it. It’s a great way to learn more about Manitoba’s French history and to simply have a blast.

It’s too bad Festival doesn’t last all year!

Here are some photos of my experience at the 45th Jigging Competition at the Festival du Voyageur! Enjoy!!

Til’ next week, HÉHO!

Paryce Ducharme, 11, shows off her jigging skills at the Festival du Voyageur’s 45th Jigging Competition held at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain on Saturday, February 20, 2016/NATASHA REY
Christine Lamontagne and Collette St-Amant judge with expertise after dancing with l’Ensemble Folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge for years. February 20, 2016/NATASHA REY
Gayle MacDonald says she is proud to take the stage in front of judges Collette St-Amant (left) and Christine Lamontagne (right). February 20, 2016/NATASHA REY
The Harris girls admire the talented Troupe Jeunesse of l’Ensemble Folklorique de la Rivière Rouge while the judges make their final decisions. February 20, 2016/NATASHA REY
The winners of the 45th Jigging Competition are about to be revealed. (Host Marc Rémillard) February 20, 2016. /NATASHA REY
Ryan Richard takes First Place in the Open category of the Festival du Voyageur’s Jigging Competition. Richard says he couldn’t be happier to win for the fifteenth time. February 20, 2016/NATASHA REY

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