New Brunswick Acadians remembered their past and celebrated their future with pride and parades on the Acadian national holiday Wednesday.

They were banging pans, shaking plates and making noise as part of the traditional Tintamarre.

"It's just to wake everyone up and say hey, we're here," says Events Organizer Rene Rioux. "Come and join us. It's a party. And to make as much noise as possible."

If noise-making is one tradition. Poutine rapee is another. Revellers like Gilles Bourque filled up on the favorite Acadian dish of boiled pork and potato.

"This day is really the most important day for Acadians," he says. "We celebrate our identity, our culture, our past, our heritage. As well as the vitality, the extraordinary vitality of our population."
Muriel Roy was on hand for the annual Acadian flag-raising outside Moncton city hall.

Roy brought her grandson. She says it's an opportunity to foster an Acadian identity in youth.

"Because young people are so caught up in Americanism," she explains. "The influence of our neighbour down south and all the other influences. So, when we get together like that we sing our own songs, our own national anthem. It's really a special day to get together."
But while Acadians stress their heritage and culture on Acadian Day, they also make sure there's lots of noise and fun as well.