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
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He also announced that 60 communities across Atlantic Canada, as well as Ottawa, will benefit from $500,100 in new funding for National Acadian Day events on August 15.
The Government of Canada is also providing 60 different organizations with a total of $500,100 in funding to host National Acadian Day celebrations on August 15 across Atlantic Canada and in Ottawa.
As part of this initiative, the Government of Canada will support the August 15 festivities organized as part of the Congrs mondial acadien, including the National Acadian Day Show.
* Bill S-5 (introduced in the Senate by Senator Gerald Comeau and sponsored in the Commons by Mauril B61anger, Lib.)--An Act respecting a National Acadian Day--designates August 15th as National Acadian Day.
Minister Petitpas Taylor will represent the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, during the ceremony that will take place on National Acadian Day.