Every year, Prince Edward Island’s Acadian and Francophone community enthusiastically prepares to celebrate National Acadian Day. This year is no exception, and to mark the occasion in a festive and united way, the festivities will take the form of the “Franco-Tour de l’Île” as the past two years. Each school-community centre organizes a celebration, ensuring a vibrant celebration throughout the Island!
National Acadian Day in Prince Edward Island promises to be an unforgettable celebration, showcasing Acadian culture and pride through various festive events in local communities.
Come and participate in this year’s “Franco-Tour de l’Île”, express your joy and your Acadian heritage in a warm and friendly atmosphere!
Here is the itinerary and schedule of the 2023 events:
Souris (Saturday, August 12 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m.)
Location: 861 route 2, Rollo Bay Address: 861 route 2, Rollo Bay
Meet on Saturday for Chaisson Trio and a bar service and chicken wings!
On Sunday, we will celebrate all day, starting with a free brunch, and many other activities including the traditional tintamarre, flag raising and inflatable structures!
West Prince (Sunday, August 13 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Location: Bicentennial Park – address: “School Street”.
Plan B in case of bad weather: at the Centre acadien de Prince-Ouest (Deblois). Plan B will be announced on Facebook if necessary.
Evangeline (Tuesday, August 15 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Location: Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival grounds. Address: 1745 route 124, Abram-Village.
Summerside (Tuesday, August 15 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Location: Summerside City Hall at the beginning (10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Protocol ceremony).
Spinnakers’ Landing (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Family activities). No plan B, but they have tents.
Rustico (Tuesday, August 15 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Location: Tintamarre from the Centre acadien Grand-Rustico to the Farmers’ Bank of Rustico. Raising of the flag.
Maison Doucet, lunch around noon.
Charlottetown (Tuesday, August 15) – 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Founders’ Food Hall.
11 a.m.: Tintamarre led by Mikmaq’ Heritage Actors of Founders’ Food Hall to Charlottetown City Hall.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Flag raising and singing of the Acadian national anthem Ave Maria Stella. Back to Founders’ Hall.
12:30 p.m.: Festival, opening and welcoming remarks. Displays and sale of crafts. Traditional Acadian food. Face painting and activities for children. Juggling.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Tap-dancing show.
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Music with Plywood Joe, Michel Lalonde & Keelin Wedge.
8 p.m.: Closing and thanks. Music and children’s games will be organized outside the site.
Here’s an overview of the festivities of the 2022 edition of the Franco-Tour de l’Île!