WALKER -- Those who filled Walker on Friday and Saturday for the 12th annual Ethnic Fest were treated to summery weather and out-of-the-ordinary musical and dining experiences.
Events opened Friday at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School with Nordic Angst, a folk music ensemble, performing ancient and modern interpretations of Norwegian folk music and dance tunes.
The Winnipeg Police Pipe Band, composed of police and civilian bagpipe players, performed during the 12th annual Ethnic Fest parade Saturday in Walker. Photo/Monica Lundquist
Storyteller Julie Bull shared the stage that night, telling stories drawn on her own Norwegian-Danish heritage. She also provided two storytelling programs Saturday in the Walker Rock Garden.
Saturday's events began with a morning parade along Highway 371. Arts and crafts and food vendor stands were scattered throughout Walker. The city was alive with unusual sounds as seven musical groups performed throughout the day on side streets.
Performers included the city of Winnipeg Police Pipe Band (a police and civilian bagpipe band), Reuben and Ash Fast Horse (Native American song and dance duo), Matterhorn Alphorn Duo (playing melodies on the Swiss alphorn), Scoil na dTri (an Irish dance troupe), Poitin Wild Irish Band (playing Irish jigs, reels, marches, slow airs, ballads, drinking and rebel tunes), Ingapirca (Andean folk music typical of many South American countries) and Dennys Burga (soloist performing South American music on the panflute, flute, charango, canas, saponas, bandolin and guitar).
Some also performed briefly in area restaurants in the evening.
The Bug O Nay Ge Shig School float in the Ethnic Fest parade featured a Native American drummer and children. Photo/Monica Lundquist
Eleven area restaurants added an Ethnic Fest special to their menus those nights, with each featuring food traditional to a different country. Included were German, Italian, Mexican, Irish, Oriental, Swedish and Cajun specials, as well as a Polynesian luau.
Ipso Facto, a Jamaican-American band, concluded events playing for the Saturday night street dance one block north of Highway 371. Its style incorporates reggae, rock, pop, hip hop and rhythm and blues.
Walker American Legion Post Commander Al Kennedy was honored as parade grand marshal.
Cafe Zona Rosa of Walker was represented in the parade by a woman riding a horse. Photo/Monica Lundquist
The city park was filled with entrants for the "No Class" car show.
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