La Guiannée (La Guignolée)

Historic District
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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La Guiannée – Founded by French fur traders, Ste. Genevieve remained a French speaking enclave for centuries in the newly Americanized Midwest. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are disappearing, but old traditions like La Guiannée still remain. This ancient


tradition is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers every New Year’s Eve. Dressed in bizarre and somewhat archaic costumes, the revelers wander from place to place singing a beggar’s song for favors. You can see and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250 year old tradition each New Year’s Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of old Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District. A public view takes place around 7 p.m. at the Valle Catholic High School gym, and a watch party takes place at French Colonial America’s Centre for French Colonial Life and Bolduc House. Pre-registration is required. (573-883-3105)