Montreal Daily Star, 18 June 1887, page 7

Vive la Canadienne

St Jean Baptiste Festival- the official programme

A meeting of the arrangement committee of the St Jean Baptiste society was held at the Cabinet de Lecture Thursday night when the final arrangements were made.

The following route for the procession has been finally adopted: the different sections of the society will meet at 8 o’clock sharp on the morning of the 23rd inst., on Craig Street, near Champ de Mars, under the leadership of Mr JO Marchand, the grand marshal, and Mr J Versailles, assistant Marshal.  The procession will proceed to St Lawrence street, thence  by St Catherine, Visitation, Dorchester, St Hubert, Dubord, St Denis and Notre Dame streets to Notre Dame Church, where a solemn High Mass will be sung.  The choir will include a full orchestra under the leadership of Mr Chas. Labelle.

Four ladies and four gentlemen will make a collection during High Mass on behalf of the society.

The following is the order of the procession:

The Grand banner of the society escorted by 25 firemen in full uniform, under the command of sub-Chief Naud.  Section Ste Cunegonde, with music and banner; section of the Sacre Coeur, St Jean Baptiste, St Charles, St Paul, St Bridget’s, St Joseph, St Vincent de Paul, St Henri, Notre Dame de Grace, Enfant Jesu, Coteau St Louis, St James, Notre Dame, Hochelaga, invited guests, the executive committee with the general president Dr EP Lachapelle.

Jean Baptiste Versailles, 7 years old, will represent St John the Baptist on an emblematic car.

Each section will furnish its own band, etc.

At 2 o’clock the grand picnic at St Helen’s Island will be opened.  The Harmony band will discuss their best selections from 3 until 5 ½ o’clock.  Attractive prizes are offered for the competitors in foot races, etc.  Fencing exhibitions by Prof. Legault and acrobatic performances by Prof Leroux, both assisted by the pupils of their respective schools; addresses by AE Poirier, Ernest Tremblay, PM Sauval, J DEsaulniers and others will close the proceedings at the island.

In the evening a grand banquet will be held at the new St. Peter’s Cathedral on Dorchester Street.  French Canadian ladies, under the presidency of Madame Amable Prevost, will supply the menu and wait at table.  Dr Lachapelle will preside.  Hon Messrs  Chapleau and Laurier, JA Ouimet, Speaker of the House of Commons.  H Mercier, LO Taillon, F Marchand, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly,  Hon B La Bruere, Mayor Abbott, Mr Duball, Consul General of France; Rear Admiral Hummann, of the French Fleet; the presidents of the different national societies; Hon Senator Poirier, representing the Acadian society, and Dr Martel of Lewiston, Me, represent the French Canadians  in the United States.  The toasts will be as follows: First “to his Holiness Leo XIII,” second “Her Majesty the Queen;”  “France, our Mother Country,” proposed by Mr LO David, MPP, responded to by Mr Duball; “To our National Glory,” proposed by Hon Mr Mercier, answered by Mr L Taillon; “National Societies of America,” proposed by Mr Jos. Tasse, answered by Mr Sauval, answered by Mr G Lamotte, “The Ladies” proposed by Mr G Desaulniers, seconded by Mr R Lemieux.

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