The annual Fête familiale de Saint-Louis-De-Gonzague will make its return on August 5, with activities, games, and food for folks of all ages. Marc-André Dumouchel, the leisure and communication coordinator for the municipality, explains that this event was “created and organized by and for the people of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague.” The event originated with an idea put forward by the municipality’s revitalization committee in 2009. The festival offers various games and activities all day and culminates with musical performances.
During this year’s edition there will be games like bouncy castles, acrobatic trampoline, circus games, and more. At 6 p.m. the mechoui dinner begins and runs until 8 p.m. At that point, the live music portion of the evening begins; and at 9 p.m., the main band, Lendemain de veille, goes on. They’ll play until about 10:30 p.m., but some live music will continue afterwards.
To Dumouchel, this event is important for the identity of the municipality, “It’s this type of event, which takes root directly in the community, that achieves the greatest success and outreach. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our identity, our values, and our pride in being citizens of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague.” It fosters an environment where you can get to know your neighbours while celebrating where you live; “The Fête familiale is an opportunity to cultivate ties, take the time to get to know one another, have fun and share the strong identity value of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague: the family,” he says.
The mechoui dinner is the only part of the day that requires tickets; admission for the daytime activities and the concert is free. Tickets will not be available on the day of the event, so it is important to get them in advance. They can be found at the Sonic/BMR Express gas station, at the municipality, and from the organizing committee, at a cost of $35 for adults and $15 for children aged 12 and under.