Annual Holiday Event
La Guiannée

Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

December, 2019


Location: Sainte Genevieve's Historic District, Sainte Genevieve, MO

Date: Monday, December 31, 2018

Times: Evening event

Description: Founded around 1735 by French fur traders, Ste. Genevieve remained a French speaking enclave for centuries in the newly Americanized Midwest. St. Gen is the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are disappearing, but old traditions such as La Guiannée remain.

This ancient tradition, comparable to the English custom of Wassailing that harkens back to Europe's Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers. 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 New Year's Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of Ste. Genevieve's Historic District..


For more information call 1-800-373-7007

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