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Show your Franco pride during St-Jean-Baptiste festival

Pancake breakfast, family festival or gala dinner all part of celebrations
MHS (My Hidden Side) is a French-language rock band from Quebec whose three members are all teenage brothers. They performed for a group of students in Sudbury last year as part of St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations in the city. See below for what's going on this year. Supplied photo.

St-Jean-Baptiste Day is a holiday marked annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Beyond the religious connotations, though, it has become a time to celebrate French-Canadian culture.

Here in Sudbury, St-Jean-Baptiste Day has inspired a week-long festival. Listed below are some of the activities: 

Sunday June 19

Pancake Breakfast 
Desjardins Voyageurs Credit Union will offer a pancake breakfast starting at 10 a.m. at the St-Jean-de-Brébeuf parish hall (26 Kathleen St.). This breakfast is open to the public. 

Wednesday, June 22

Dinner and presentation of the Horace-Viau Award
This special event will take place at the Edgar Leclair Community Centre in Azilda starting at 6 p.m., where the Club Richelieu will present its prestigious Horace-Viau Award. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 per table of eight. Please call 705-929-0635 to reserve your tickets. 

Friday, June 24

Flag Raising Ceremony 
In celebration of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, l’ACFO du Grand Sudbury invites everyone to the official Franco-Ontarian flag raising ceremony. Time and location to be announced very soon! 

St-Jean Luncheon 
In the spirit of the St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations, a luncheon will be held at noon at the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury located at 19 Frood Road. Tickets are $9 and seats are limited, reserve your ticket by phoning 705-670-2166.

Evening Celebration 
St-Jean evening celebration with La Slague starting at 5 p.m. at Little Montreal. 

Sunday, June 26

Family Day – Free Admission 
Come celebrate at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Family Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Collège Boréal. Come join us for a day full of games, prizes, traditional Franco-Ontarian food and much more! There will also be a special show for kids, details to come. 

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