IN PICTURES: from Metis jigs to African shadow puppetry, the Carousel of Nations was a phenomenal success
By David F. Rooney
From Metis jigs and African shadow puppetry to exquisite pasta, Oka cheese, cabbage rolls, samosas and even bangers and mash and chip butties, Saturday’s first-ever Carousel of Nations was a smashing tribute to local multiculturalism.
Somewhere between 600 and 800 people attended the three hour event, which included museum displays from the Revelstoke, Railway and Nickelodeon Museums, a professional kimono demonstration, Highland piping, Scottish country dancing, Colombian Zumba, First Nations stories and much, much more.
The food offered by vendors who whipped up Polish, English, Quebecois, Italian and East Indian food was well worth the three bucks a ticket and many people dined out again and again.
There was music by Revelstoke singer-songwriter Steve Smith and the Highland Pipers and a very good set of jigs and songs from the Golden-based Li Jigeurs Mi’chif (the Metis Dancers). If you wanted to visually relive travel in foreign places, Cathy English, Keith and Jane McNabb, Gabriella Draboczi, Allison Leslie, Ryan Buhler and Anna Brown and Luc Reaulieu offered slide shows on places as diverse as Revelstoke’s ethnic heritage, Turkey, Hungary, Antartica, Africa and France.
All in all this was a superb demonstration of what can be accomplished in a small city when event organizers are not only motivated but imaginative.
There are three videos taken at the event on the front page of The Current and, here, a selection of photos that I hope you enjoy: