Monday, August 1, 2011

New Brunswick Day


New Brunswick Day is a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of New Brunswick on the first Monday of August. It is a chance for people to strengthen their local communities by celebrating their achievements, history, culture and landscape. Many towns hold "birthday" parties for the province.
This little guy is "BEAU" - from Quebec, attending festivities and of course dressed up in NB colours.
The area that is now the province of New Brunswick has been populated by First Nations communities for around 6000 years. In the 1600s and 1700s, the area was colonized by the French and later the British. In 1867, New Brunswick was one of the four provinces, which formed the Canadian Confederation. New Brunswick Day has been a holiday since 1976 and the New Brunswick Day awards were introduced in 1991.

In addition, many communities hold birthday parties for their province. These often include:
  • A huge civic birthday cake that is distributed among residents.
  • Live entertainment and music - dancing.
  • Family activities such as face painting, storytellers, magicians and sports events.
  • Large communal meals, such as a breakfast, barbecue or supper.
  • Lots n lots of CHOCOLATE, for we are the "Chocolate Town" - "Ganong's Chocolates".
  • Presentation of awards and inductions to residents.
  • Farmer's Market and lets not forget the "Annual Boat/Raft Race" starting on the other side of the St. Croix River - some very "UNUSUAL" boats made by residents here in St. Stephen and also in Calais, Maine USA n there a-boot. Don't forget to buy your "DUCK" for the Great Ducky Race - proceeds benefiting the Calais Band Boosters.

This evening, down by the waterfront, there is live band playing, so guess where this girl is headed - shutting down for the evening. Have a good one :)  HAPPY NEW BRUNSWICK DAY EVERYONE!