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Le Carnaval des Compagnons to be a virtual celebration this year

The annual Companions Carnival will be held virtually, in partnership with various community organizations, to provide the North Bay and surrounding areas with remote activities

Les Compagnons des francs loisirs will hold the 59th edition of Le Carnaval des Compagnons virtually next month.

Events will begin with the 11 a.m. mass on Sunday, February 6 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, presided by Father Gérald Lajeunesse and accompanied by the Magnificat Choir.

Bonhomme, the presidents and board members of Les Compagnons des francs loisirs will be present to open the Carnival. The ceremony will end with the traditional passing of the torch.

An afternoon of online games will follow on the Compagnons des francs loisirs Facebook page.

The celebrations will continue throughout the following week with activities and events for all ages.

"Music, dance, video games, bingo, great food, contests and a whole lot of fun will be available for everyone in the community," says a news release from the group.

  • The ÉduPlaisir Shop will be offering its CFN Cyber Book Fair for the eager reader.
  • Games and contests will also be available on the radio and online.
  • Schools will participate with Bonhomme Carnaval's virtual visit to the schools, Théo and Fredo and Atlas GéoCircus shows, and educational activity kits. Damien Robitaille, a well-known francophone artist will offer a presentation for the CSCFN (Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord) and CSPNE (Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario) school boards.

Thursday, February 10 will focus on the visual arts with an evening of fine art. The evening will be sponsored and hosted by the Caisse Alliance and French singer Cedric Landry. Artwork will be available for bidding through the website

This busy week will conclude with the day of outdoor activities hosted by Club Richelieu, and presented during a festive snow day at North Bay's Amelia Park.

Activities for the whole family such as sledding, bubble soccer, a lumberjack contest, snowshoeing, traditional foods, pictures with Bonhomme, and a snack bar will be available.

The traditional closing mega-show will be on February 12 in the evening, organized by the local Francophone schools with the support of renowned artist Justine Gogoua and hosted by renowned magician Marc Trudel. The evening will end with the Compagnons' thanks, a Café Chantant, dancing with Bonhomme followed by his unveiling, and finally, the extinguishing of the torch.

See: Le Carnaval Des Compagnons brings French culture and traditions to Main Street, North Bay