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Dennis Stroughmatt, fiddler, folklorist and French Creole vocalist, brings a Mardi Gras celebration to Woodridge. Though most often associated with states further to the south, Mardi Gras has its own 300-year history as a day of celebration and feasting amongst the Illinois-Missouri French, with a nod to western European and Celtic nature of Mardi Gras, how it relates to other celebrations throughout the year, and of course, the Illinois French Creole songs performed by this widely-recognized folklorist and fiddler.
It’ll make your soul jump, your head spin, and your heart glad to know that it is still here. As they say in the hills, “On est toujours icitte: We are still here!”