Two weeks of family reunions and cultural events of the CongrèsMondial Acadien will climax on Sunday, Aug. 15, with a mass inGrand Pré and a concert on Citadel Hill in Halifax. Nova Scotia’s Minister of Acadian Affairs is inviting all NovaScotians, especially Acadians, to the final events. “The Congrès is clearly the success that everyone hoped it wouldbe, and a triumph of organization, hospitality and enthusiasm,”said Chris d’Entremont. “The mass and the concert on Citadel Hillwill provide a fitting end to this wonderful event.” The mass will be celebrated by bishops from all over l’Acadie atthe pilgrimage site of Park Grand Pré. Mass will begin at 11:30a.m., with the official closing ceremonies following at about12:30 p.m. The concert at Citadel Hill will begin at 4 p.m., with thetelevised concert starting at 9 p.m., and will includeperformances by Zachary Richard, Wilfred LeBoutilier, EdithButler, Blou and Grand Dérangement. The final concert isscheduled to end at 11 p.m. “The Congrès mondial acadien is strengthening Acadian culture –and Nova Scotia’s culture — with every family encounter, everystory, every song, and it’s happening thousands of times everyday,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Acadians are learning about theirfamilies and their shared history, and they’re having a wonderfultime doing so.” Six thousand people helped launch the Congrès mondial acadien ata ceremony in Church Point, on July 31. By the time the Congrèsends this Sunday, 2,000 activities will have taken place intraditional Acadian regions and in some predominately Englishspeaking areas throughout Nova Scotia. A parking and shuttle service will be available for thoseinterested in attending the festivities in Grand Pré. For a feeof $5 per person, participants s can park at one of five sites,and use a return shuttle to the Grand Pré site. Parking lots atthe Windsor Exhibition Grounds and Fort Edward Mall (Windsor),County Fair Mall and Walmart (New Minas), and Horton High School(Grenwich) will open at 7 a.m. For concert ticket information or further details on the Aug. 15events see the Congrès website at www.cma2004.com .
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