(Lafayette, La.) – For the first time, representatives of all French community processions will gather to perform together in Girard Park during Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Friday, October 14. La Grande Procession is a collection of communal processions from various parts of North America that were settled by the French. This historical gathering is an expression of solidarity among the various French North American communities, as part of the Le Grand Réveil Acadien, a gathering of Acadians from throughout North America.

“The Grande Procession is an effort to bring to the forefront the rich heritage of the Acadiens,” says Barry Ancelet, Festivals Acadiens Board Member. “The gathering of processions during Festivals Acadiens et Créoles will add to the celebration of our cultural heritage.”

La Grande Procession will include the Guiannée from Missouri and Illinois, the Chandeleur from Prince Edward Island, the Mi-Carême from New Brunswick and Québec, and the Mardi Gras from Louisiana. All will be masked and costumed, begging and singing the processions that express community identity and solidarity.

This is a tradition derived from festivals attached to the liturgical year that were imported when French ancestors settled in the New World beginning in 1604, with the arrival of the ancestors of the Acadians. The colorful, noisy Tintamarre from the Canadian Maritime Provinces developed as an identity affirming procession in the late 1800s, after the Acadians began to re-emerge socially over a century after the exile of their ancestors by the British in 1755.

About Festivals Acadiens et Creoles 
Started in 1972, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is a annual celebration our Cajun and Creole heritage. It has grown into a three-day event that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world.

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