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
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!
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.
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.
Learn more at StJeanSudbury.ca.