New Brunswick to Celebrate Acadian Heritage with Maine & Quebec

NEW BRUNSWICK, Atlantic Canada, May 28, 2014 – For Francophiles in the U.S. and Francophones in New Brunswick and other Canadian provinces, the place to be this August will be an unspoiled area covering northwestern New Brunswick (Madawaska, Restigouche and Victoria), Aroostook in Maine and Témiscouata in Quebec, where many of the Acadians settled after they were exiled from British-held Nova Scotia. From August 8 to 24, 2014, more than 600,000 of their descendants will return to the area, known as “Acadia of the Lands and Forest” for the World Acadian Congress (or Congrès Mondial Acadien, CMA), a huge international event held every five years as a salute to Acadian heritage.


This year’s Congress will present a series of shows, concerts, fiddler jamborees, sports tournaments, art exhibitions, arts and crafts shows, theatrical performances, Acadian and French food tastings, community barbecues, parades, regattas, dances, campfires and storytelling, firework displays, historic re-enactments and conferences all showcasing Acadian culture and heritage. There will be activities for every age group including a Youth Rally, a Women’s Summit, a seniors gathering and special themed days for children and scouts as well as for French Canada, France and Louisiana.

In addition, a moose-calling contest, a lumberjack competition, a 30-mile yard sale, a tractor pull and the world’s biggest ploye, or buckwheat pancake 15 feet in diameter, will add to the fun. And no fewer than 120 family reunions are scheduled.

The climax of any Acadian celebration is the Tintamarre, hosted this year by Madawaska, Maine, in which thousands dressed in the red, white and blue Acadian colors play pots, pans and other noise-making instruments to display the vitality and unity of the Acadian people.

Highlights of CMA 2014 include:

August 8 – Opening Ceremonies in Edmundston, New Brunswick

August 13 – Children’s Day

August 13-14 – Scouts and Guides Movement Day

August 15 – Acadian National Holiday and Tintamarre in Madawaska, Maine

August 16 – Experience Acadie

August 17 – International Francophone Day

August 18 – Louisiana Day

August 22 – France Day

August 24 – A New Beginning in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec

As a festive preview and salute, the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana featured a

Tintamarre on April 24 with two Acadian bands – Suroit, the oldest performing Acadian band and Radio Radio, the youngest and currently most popular one. They performed with renowned Cajun musician Zachary Richard who was the headliner at the CMA hosted by New Brunswick 20 years ago. Richard will be one of the star attractions at this year’s “Acadie, Daughter of America” stage event on August 15, celebrating 400 years of Acadian presence in America.

Tragic History of the Acadians

Initially arriving from France around 1604, the Acadians settled in what is now present day Nova Scotia, naming it “Acadie,” or paradise. From then until 1755, their history was marked by upheaval as they were treated as pawns in the many conflicts between the French and the English.

After the English conquest of Acadia, the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht allowed the Acadians to keep their lands. But over the next 40 years, the Acadians refused to pledge complete allegiance to England. Ultimately in 1755, the English sought to remove them from the area. During the “Uprooting, or “le Grand Dérangement,” more than 11,000 Acadians were deported to other English colonies as well as to England, France and the U.S. Some migrated to Louisiana eventually becoming known as Cajuns. Still other Acadians fled to Francophone colonies in Canada and arrived in the Madawaska area of New Brunswick in 1785

Today, in these more peaceful times, Acadia of the Lands and Forests will host this celebration of Acadian heritage

united by a shared history and by family.

For more information, go to www.CMA 2014 or call 1-506-737-2014 and for information about the province, go to New Brunswick Tourism or call 1-800-561-0123.

About the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership

This project has been made possible thru funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership (ACTP). ACTP is a nine member pan-Atlantic partnership comprised of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism industry Associations and the four Provincial Departments responsible for tourism. For further information about the other three provinces, contact your travel provider or go to, Newfoundland and Labrador (1-800-563-NFLD), Nova Scotia (1-800-565-0000) and Prince Edward Island (1-800-463-4PEI).

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