Tuesday, August 15, 2017

History of the Acadian National Day

The tintamarre will be rocking out in Bouctouche today; it's the fête nationale de l'Acadie.

The DCB responds with aplomb, featuring Phyllis LeBlanc's biography of Marcel-François Richard, the nineteenth century priest and Acadian patriot who chose the day (over Quebec's 24 June) and invented many of the symbols of Acadia.

Image: from Canadian Encyclopedia

Update, August 21:  A little music from D.L Ménard, the Louisiana Cajun musician who died in June. "The Back Door," recorded by Kate and Anna McGarrigle and many others, is said to be the most successful piece of Cajun music ever recorded:

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