Annual Holiday Event
Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
Sainte Genevieve's Historic District,
Monday, December 31, 2018
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
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..
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