Apr 28, 2012 12:37 AM by Shawn Kline

Quebecers at home at Festival International

It's in the music and it's in the food; the French spirit is everywhere at Festival International.

Any given day over the weekend you may hear:

"Oh, bonjour! Bienvenue!"

It's something that makes our friends to the north feel right at home.

"We have French roots here too," Quebec's Jean Pelletier said. "That's impressed me."

Pelletier comes to Lafayette from Quebec City. He's one of the many special guests from the Canadian province this year. Pelletier is also the General Manager for the largest winter carnaval in the world.

The Quebec Winter Carnaval takes advantage of what Lafayette doesn't have: snow.
Pelletier brings back some of Louisiana and infuses it with the cold winters up north. Last year, some Louisianans were special guests.

"They were in the parade, they came with a chef and cooked at the Chateau Frontenac, a well known hotel in Quebec City," Pelletier said.

This year, Quebec also sent Kumpa'nia; a percussion band playing in the streets this weekend and Pelletier is enjoying every minute on the bayou.

"Thank you," Pelletier said. "Merci beacoupre!"



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