Acadian Day

Acadian Day

Two weeks in August
The original Acadians were 17th-century French colonists who settled in the area known as Acadia, which covered what is now Nova Scotia as well as Prince Edward Island, and parts of northern Maine and Quebec. Their French-speaking descendants in the Maritime Provinces continue to honor their heritage by holding many local Acadian Day celebrations, usually during the summer months.
Fifty thousand people attend the Acadian Festival in Caraquet, New Brunswick, the largest of these celebrations. The festival takes place for 14 days in August each year and includes Acadian dance performances, cabaret, and concerts as well as sporting contests and a blessing of the fleet. The highlight of the festival is "L'Acadie en FÉte," a huge celebration involving Acadian musicians, singers, artists, and actors.
CONTACTS:
Festival acadien de Caraquet
220 Boul St-Pierre Ouest, Bureau 312
Caraquet, NB E1W 1A5 Canada
506-727-2787; fax: 506-727-1995
www.festivalacadien.ca/contenu.cfm?id=108
Tourism New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1 Canada
www.tourismnbcanada.com
SOURCES:
DictDays-1988, p. 1
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 37
References in periodicals archive ?
An Act respecting a National Acadian Day--designates August 15th as National Acadian Day.