The sun rose over the opening of the 17-day 2014 World Acadian Congress in Fort Kent, Maine, Friday as dignitaries from the host regions in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec gathered for a symbolic erasing of the borders where the three boundaries meet. The opening ceremony for the 2014 World Acadian Congress was live streamed on the Internet from the shores of Beau Lake in Quebec.
Accompanied by First Nations’ drummers and an Acadian fiddler, the officials, including Maine Gov. Paul LePage, were brought by canoe to the Quebec shores of Beau Lake. The governor surprised attendees by making his comments at the ceremony entirely in French.
A monument carrying the American, Canadian and Quebec flags was dedicated at the location and, with that, the 2014 World Acadian Congress was declared open.
This marks the first time in its 25-year history that a World Acadian Congress, which is held every five years, has been hosted by two countries in two time zones.
You can read more in an article by Julia Bayly in the Bangor Daily News at http://goo.gl/xCCOzK.