Thursday, April 24, 2014
Although events are 11 months away and counting down on the World Acadian Congress website clock, the advance notice gives families plenty of time to plan on attending the reunions and prepare for 17 days of activities. Over 120 Franco-American, Acadian and other family reunions are scheduled.
Events will take place on both sides of
In anticipation of attending, some helpful reading is listed in a short bibliography for beginner and intermediate history buffs, at the end of this blog..
Planning for the WAC has been going on for the past four years. A Board of Directors includes leaders from
Organizers expect thousands of international visitors to attend, primarily, because of the 120 family reunions planned, along with loads of other cultural events.
Many of those attending the reunions will be descendents of colonial era French Acadians who were tragically impacted by le Grand Derangement, the horrible displacement in 1755, of the French Acadians from Nova Scotia, by the British during the French and English wars fought over control of Canada. An epic fictional account of the expulsion was immortalized in 1847, by
Most of the family reunions planned will bring together descendents of the French settlers who were victims and refugees of brutal colonial deportations, conducted during 1755, and subsequent years, in a violent episode in history. The British forcibly removed Acadians from
Every five years, a World Acadian Congress is organized to remember the families of le Grand Derangement. A 40 page program describes details of the 2014 ceremonies and events. Activities begin with the opening on August 8, in
A choir formed by “Le choeur Neil Michaud” and choral groups from the Acadian region will combine to sing the festive Mass, celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption, the patron saint of the Acadians.
A massive tinatamarre, best described as a huge noise parade, will be followed by a mega-concert, mainly featuring Acadian and Frano-American artists. The mega concert will be broadcast live across
Here’s more print and on-line information. Hopefully others will add to the list:
More information is available at http://www.cma2014.com/en/Tweet
Juliana L’Heureux is a freelance writer whose articles about Maine’s Franco-American history and culture have appeared in Portland newspapers for 25 years. She serves on the Maine Franco-American Leadership Council.
Juliana and her husband Richard live in Topsham ME. Feel free to contact her at Juliana@mainewriter.com.