On May 23, the public and families were invited to celebrate National Patriots Day at Place du Marché in Joliette.
The festivities for this 4th edition started at 11:00 with the opening of host Rémi Leboeuf, the presentation of the program for the event and the introduction of the main artist, Éric Beaudry, singer-songwriter of traditional music, with a folk show inspired by his first album Futility†
The artist, who has enjoyed great fame in the world of traditional music since La Bottine Souriante, Solo, De Temps Antan, Norouet, Ni Sarpe Ni Branche, La Galvaude and even Karibou, comes from Saint-Côme himself.
His performances caught the attention of the public and seem to have charmed them, thanks to a sound mix of mandolin, voice and flute, perfectly matching the theme of the day, through his traditional Quebec repertoire, pop, folk and country. †
A little later it was the group Les Funktionnaires that created a great atmosphere. The audience stepped into the universe of the musicians and let themselves be carried away thanks to Vincent Pépin, Danik Labrie, Victor Renaud and Tommy Clouâtre-Trottier. Heading the Department of Groove and Culture of Quebec, the music of the Funktionnaires is a mixture of funk, jazz and progressive rock.
Artist Ginette Trépanier took the floor to present the André-Gauthier Prize, which was awarded to CRÉDIL this year. This award aims to highlight the contribution of citizens in the region and the way they have shaped the world through cooperation, solidarity and justice.
All around, the inflatable games for children and the face painting corner were maintained by young people from the Thérèse-Martin secondary school, and several volunteers helped to prepare the party. The social economy enterprise, L’Annex to Roland, in turn provided catering services so that everyone could choose their favorite dish at the heart of this event.
Twelve civil society organizations took part in the celebration, including the National Society of Quebecers of Lanaudière (SNQL), the National Movement of Quebecers (MNQ), the Regional Education Committee for International Development of Lanaudière (CREDIL), the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi of D Autray-Joliette (CJE D’Autray-Joliette).
They also included Mon Afrique à Lanaudière, La Soupière, Action Dignité Lanaudière, the Joliette Historical Society, the Lanaudière Genealogy Society, L’Arche, the Marie-Dupuis Women’s Center and the Cercle des Farmers of Saint-Charles-Borromée.
Each organization had a booth and presented its services, activities and mission. The population was thus able to learn more about their contribution to the community, by asking questions, by exchanging with everyone to better understand their role by taking an interest in it.
Tribute to the patriots
For the occasion, the Member of Parliament for Joliette, Gabriel Ste-Marie, addressed the population to remember the importance of this day. He and his team organized the event after a few editions were postponed due to the pandemic.
† Today is an opportunity to remind ourselves that our ancestors mobilized, campaigned and even fought for a better world. They wanted more freedom. They dreamed of a self-governing people, free from the crown. They wanted our independence […] In short, they dreamed of a better world and are committed to achieving it. The Patriots are a source of inspiration for us. Let’s continue their fight. Let’s keep dreaming of a better world and commit to building it he said.
He took advantage of his speech to salute the memory of Bernard Landry, the creator of National Patriots Day twenty years ago.
During the day, Arthur Sandborn and his wife Marion also gave a speech in honor of the Irish patriots. They discussed the historical aspect and the consequences they experienced at the time. This festival has always been beneficial to the Irish and Quebecers. The public could learn about the passage of the patriots in the riding of Joliette as they talked about its origins, roots, ancestors and battles.
See you next year
After the success of this day, a fifth edition is in sight next year. † I am very happy with the whole organization, the whole day and the presence of the partners, organizations, artists and volunteers. It’s totally a success. We try to improve our event every year. We want to bring attention to the patriots and share their heritage with the entire population. I want to thank all the people who contributed to the success of this party “, the MP underlined for Joliette.
Partners, artists, social organizations and volunteers for their involvement and presence are therefore thanked for the success of this Fête des Patriotes, as well as M3 Multimedia Matawinie, Dominique Panneton makeup artist, Festi-Jeux, Cervi-Froid, the city of Joliette and Toilette Lanaudière for their dedication.
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