Winter Festival celebrates cultural diversity

Tricks and flips were the name of the game at the Kitimat Rail Jam, held Friday in the lower City Centre Mall parking lot.

Darren Huffman makes a move on the straight-bar.

Tricks and flips were the name of the game at the Kitimat Rail Jam, held Friday in the lower City Centre Mall parking lot.

A good-sized crowd filled the fenced-off area to take in the spectacle, as skiers and snowboarders of all ages came out to strut their stuff.

The event kicked off a spirit-filled weekend in the district, as the Winter Festival d’Hiver 2010 saw a slew of events take place.

The highlights included the rail jam, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue at MESS Theatre, a maple syrup brunch at Riverlodge, a Pinocchio Puppet Show, snowmobile rides at Riverlodge and finally, the Olympic Torch Relay on Monday.

Held annually, the festival celebrates cultural diversity and welcomes tourists from across the northwest into the Aluminum City.

AFFNO, the festival’s organizing group, is proud to partner with the District of Kitimat to put it on, saying it is meant to “convey the strength of togetherness” and “bond our Canadian proud, glowing hearts,” said project co-chair Tina Wilson.