National Day: the Estrians celebrate despite the rain


“We are very happy with the success in Sherbrooke,” said Étienne-Alexis Boucher, president of the Société nationale de l’Estrie. Usually there are about 20,000 people, but this year we had between 7,000 and 10,000 people despite the temperature that made us believe the worst. “

The attendees were able to attend the musical performance of Klô Pelgag with Amélie Larocque and Antoine Lachance.

In the park of the Braves of Magog, it was to the group 1534 that returned the task of making to sing the crowd. A large crowd that was unlikely to be afraid of braving uncertain conditions.

“Our Magog Fantasy Bingo was a success,” said Lynn Éthier, who is in charge of organizing the party, which highlights the strong presence of tourists during the evening.

“I would have come even if it was raining to drink standing,” says Ginette Thivierge for whom the festivities of June 24 in Magog have become a tradition.

“The Estrians proved over the weekend that they were indeed the descendants of the courageous people who came to settle here in spite of the winds and storms,” ​​says Étienne-Alexis Boucher.

The Celebrate Canada program does not appeal to everyone

Celebrate Canada, which provides funding for National Aboriginal Day celebrations, St. John the Baptist, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day, has been around for a long time, but the government has invested a lot more this year Due to the festivities of Canada’s 150th.

The organizers of the various celebrations of the National Day have however difficult to obtain financing according to Étienne-Alexis Boucher.

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“To give you an example, Celebrate Canada requires that communications be bilingual,” he explains. You will agree that this is not ideal for us. It’s good that the federal government wants to invest, but let’s do it smartly. ”

“Instead of creating an additional program that requires committees to make multiple requests, we would like the federal government to transfer the money to the provincial government, with which we are already doing business, or directly to the holiday organizers,” he concludes.

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