Celebrating French Heritage and Culture

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Couldn’t ask for better weather for the Saint Jean Baptiste Day festival held at the Sault Canal Saturday.

Everyone was welcome to celebrate with the local francophone community, with games, music, food and inflatables for the kids.

The day is a statutory  holiday in Quebec. Saint Jean Baptiste Day, held annually on June 24, is the feast day of St John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. It is a day of celebration in Quebec and other areas of French Canada.

The patriotic tone of the Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations began in 1834. In that year Ludger Duvernay, an influential journalist, visited the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montreal, and was inspired to create a similar event for French Canadians. In 1843, he established the Saint Jean Baptiste Society to promote the celebration of Saint Jean Baptiste Day.

Centre francophone de Sault-Sainte-Marie holds the local festival each year.