Madawaska's annual "Grand Tintamarre" parade was bigger and louder than ever this year as it was a featured event in the 2014 World Acadian Congress.  

Sharon Campbell

The parade of costumed walkers holding pots, pans, horns and other noisemakers spilled through the streets of downtown Madawaska Friday evening in the annual Acadian Festival custom.

Sharon Campbell

Thousands of spectators, many in traditional Acadian colors with noisemakers, crowded along the parade route to enjoy the spectacle.

Sharon Campbell

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins were among those who participated in Friday's event celebrating National Acadian Day.

Sharon Campbell

Afternoon activities at Madawaska's Acadian Festival included live entertainers, folkloric music, art expositions, and a community barbeque.

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Festivities concluded with a concert at Madawaska's Multipurpose Centre honoring the Acadian people's 400 year history in the Americas.  The late-night revelers were treated to a fireworks display at midnight.