La Guiannée (La Guignolèe)

Historic District
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
800-373-7007
573-883-7097
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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

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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 beggars 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 7:00 pm at the Valle High School gym, and a watch party is also held at the Bolduc House Museum where pre-registration is required.(573-883-3105)