PA4-157 | Bicentenary Celebrations, Moncton, N.B. 1955

Bicentenary Celebrations, Moncton, N.B. 1955
Resin-coated paper - Gelatin silver process
8.9 x 14.5 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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The Acadian Bicentennial of 1955 marked the 200th anniversary of the expulsion. The occasion was at the same time a celebration of the survival of the Acadian people.

The main gathering place was the memorial chapel at Grand Pré. Festivities and parades were organized in every parish. There were allegorical floats representing characters and events of historic Acadia, as well as nationalist organizations.

Virtually all the girls and women were dressed as Evangeline. Their costume typically consisted of a white bonnet, black bodice, white apron and blue skirt, although the skirt could be red or green. Very few boys and men dressed as Gabriel.

  • What

    This photo shows Acadian women dressed as Evangeline.

  • Where

    This group picture was taken in front of Notre Dame de l'Assomption Cathedral in Moncton, NB.

  • When

    The occasion was the Acadian Bicentennial in 1955.

  • Who

    The people in the picture are probably parishioners of the Moncton diocese.