Posted on August 5, 2014
The star of the Acadian flag will shine brighter than ever on Friday, August 15, when Acadians all over the world celebrate their rich heritage.
From the Acadian Peninsula to the southern part of the province and all the way to the northwest in the Acadia of the Land and Forests, New Brunswick’s Acadian communities, big and small, are all decked out in blue, white, red and yellow, the colours of the Acadian flag, to celebrate National Acadian Day.
A host of festive activities take place on that day, including the Tintamarre, a merry parade where crowds march and dance to the sound of bells, horns, pots, wooden spoons and other noisy devices to show their pride and their legendary joie de vivre.
This day will be extra special this year as Acadians from all over the world are gathered in the Madawaska area for the Congrès mondial acadien. CMA August 15 celebrations will include activities on both sides of the Canada/US border, from downtown Edmundston to Fort Kent and Van Buren (Maine). Then everyone will meet in Madawaska, Maine for the Tintamarre, a giant concert and fireworks. Some of Acadie’s most famous artists will take part, including Zachary Richard, Lisa LeBlanc, Radio Radio, Roch Voisine (spokesperson for the CMA 2014), Marie-Jo Thério and more.
In Caraquet, the Acadian Day celebrations wrap up the Festival Acadien, a 15-day feast of cultural events bringing together close to 100 performers.
In Bouctouche, festivities start at the Farmers’ Market at 11:30 am with music, costumes and cake and the tintamarre begins at 2:30 pm. Admission to Le Pays de la Sagouine is free for Tintamarre participants.
Also in Dieppe, Moncton, Miramichi, the Village of Petit-Rocher, Monument-Lefebvre in Memramcook, Bathurst, Rogersville, Fredericton, Saint John, join the fun and celebrate our lively Acadian culture!