The Québec Government Office in Boston supported this year a record number of activities related to the Québec National Day, throughout all of New England. Here is a summary of these events, which brought together Québécers and Francophiles to celebrate both the culture and history of Quebec, but also its language, French.
Bristol, Connecticut- June 20
Connecticut celebrated this year the first anniversary of the "French-Canadian Day", a day dedicated to highlight the contribution of French Canadians to the state of Connecticut. This day was formalized in 2013 by the Connecticut Legislature and Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
The event was sold out and allowed Québécers and Francophiles from the area to celebrate around typical Québec dishes , the francophone heritage of Connecticut.
Cambridge, Massachusetts- June 24
Over sixty Québécers and Quebec's lovers met at Tavern in the Square in Cambridge to celebrate the National Day around typical Québec dishes and drinks. Director of Public Affairs, Marianne Bonnard, presented our office and the Prime Minister's official celebratory words, during the evening.
For pictures, click here.
Lewiston, Maine-June 24
Maine was also host of the celebrations of the National Day on June 24. The event, organized by the Franco Center for the Performing Arts and Heritage, welcomed many celebrities such as Canadian writerJulie Barlow, Bishop Robert Deeley, from the Diocese of Portland and Marie-Claude Francoeur, Québec Delegate to New England. Nearly 225 people attended the event.
Manchester, New Hampshire- June 26
Québec National Day was celebrated in New Hampshire, under the auspice of the Centre Franco-American of Manchester, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston. The evening was an opportunity for 325 Franco-Americans and Québécers to celebrate their historical and cultural roots while recognizing the Cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and former resident of New Hampshire, French-American of the year.
Pictures of the event are here!
Winooski, Vermont- July 11
The last event of the New England's Québec National Day festivities was celebrated in Winooski, Vermont. Winooski was one of the first communities in Vermont to welcome francophones during migration of French-Canadians in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
The festivities, held outdoors, bring together musicians from Quebec and French teacher Kim Chase, for a full day of entertainment and discovery.