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Islanders celebrate their Acadian heritage

Red, white and blue flags with yellow stars were flying across P.E.I. Monday as people honoured and celebrated their Acadian roots on National Acadian Day.

Events were held across the province for National Acadian Day

Acadian and Canadian flags wave in the breeze outside the Farmer's Bank of Rustico. (Stephanie Brown/CBC )

Red, white and blue flags with yellow stars were flying across P.E.I. Monday as people honoured and celebrated their Acadian roots on National Acadian Day.

People gathered at the Farmers' Bank of Rustico, P.E.I. for a "tintamarre" — an interactive Acadian parade.

People waved flags, shook instruments and were all smiles.

Gisele Julien (far right) says she celebrates her Acadian culture every year no matter where she is. (Jean-Luc Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

Gisele Julien is from Moncton, N.B., but is on holiday in P.E.I.

She said it's very important for her to celebrate her Acadian heritage because of what her ancestors went through — they were deported, came back and now their culture continues to grow.

"Every year I celebrate the Acadian day. Wherever I am, that's where I'm celebrating."

Cheers rang out after the crowd sang the Acadian National anthem. (Jean-Luc Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

After the tintamarre, there was a speech about the significance of the day — and about Rustico, which is home to the oldest Acadian community on the Island.

Acadian-themed cake was eaten after the tintamarre. (Stephanie Brown/CBC)

The Acadian National anthem was sung, and there were cheers all around, and then the  the Acadian and Canadian flags were raised.

After the excitement, people went indoors for a barbeque and an Acadian-themed cake.

The cake after the celebrations was finger-licking good. (Stephanie Brown/CBC)

Children who attend the daycare at the Centre Acadien Grand-Rustico came to the event.

Four-year-old Femka Dasylva-Gill's favourite parts of the day were the parade and eating cake.

4-year-old Famka Dasylva-Gill came to the celebrations with her francophone daycare. (Stephanie Brown/CBC)

Today's events across the Island wrap up a weekend of celebration.

People at the event held flags and instruments while singing the National Acadian anthem. (Jean-Luc Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

With files from Jean-Luc Bouchard

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