International Ceremony Opens 2014 World Acadian Congress

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.

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Wish I had been able to attend. I went to the first one back in 1994 in New Brunswick and attended Hebert and Daigle family gatherings. Then in 1999 went to gatherings in Morgan City and Abbieville Louisiana. So much fun.

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A friend and I were researching his English roots in Nova Scotia ten years ago this month. We camped out all over the province, but our best time was camping at Grand Prè in sight of the land his ancestors owned. Interestingly, they had bought it after the Acadians were driven out. And we actually ended up totally by accident right in the middle of the Congres Mondial of 2004! He felt guilty for days afterwards! I still have the T-shirt, and wear it occasionally, though I think no one here in Kentucky has ever heard of “L’Acadie”!

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