BATON ROUGE -- Do you have clients with last names such as
Broussard, Doucet, Breaux or Thibodeaux?
Well, tell them to get to Louisiana July 31 to Aug. 15 to meet
their Acadian cousins for the Congres Mondial Acadien-Louisiane
1999. Officials anticipate as many as 250,000 people to attend
these family reunions.
The event is part of FrancoFete 99: The Louisiana Tricentennial,
which honors 300 years of French influence in Louisiana.
"The true goal of FrancoFete 99 is to celebrate the indelible
stamp the French have placed on Louisiana," said Lt. Gov. Kathleen
Babineaux Blanco, herself a Cajun. "We want Acadian people from all
over the world to come to Louisiana and be part of the celebration
of the continued heritage of the Acadian people during our yearlong
French-Canadian colonists from Acadie (present-day Nova Scotia)
were deported in 1755 by the English. Almost 25% of the population
found its way to Louisiana.
In addition to the more than 75 family reunions planned, Congres
Mondial Acadien-Louisiane 1999 also will feature historical tours,
genealogical presentations, festivals and events not limited to one
town, city or parish, but spread across the Acadian-populated
regions of the state.
For FrancoFete information, call (800) 44G-GUMBO; visit the Web
Phone: (888) 526-1999
Phone: (318) 234-6166