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Aug. 8 edition: MADAWASKA - International cooperation and camaraderie will surround this year’s Tintamarre parade, scheduled for Aug. 15 as part of the 2012 Madawaska Acadian Festival and in honor of Acadian Day. Plans are underway for U.S. parade goers to join in a procession through Edmundston, New Brunswick, beginning around 4:30 p.m. and prior to both groups meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Madawaska’s Bicentennial Park for a parade through the streets of downtown Madawaska, according to Lorraine Pelletier, one of the directors for this year’s festival. Last year, this cooperation added to the colorful collection of costumes and masks. Organizers hope this year the event will be even bigger. Pelletier, who is also the Northern Aroostook regional coordinator for the 2014 World Acadian Congress, said that a Tintamarre has been a big part of Acadian celebrations and world congresses in the past and that this year’s efforts will be a good way for local organizers and participants to get ready for 2014. Along with the Tintamarre parade on the last day of the festival, stew and ployes will also be served at 3 p.m. at the Bicentennial Park. A closing ceremony at 7 p.m. will follow the Tintamarre parade with festival awards and announcements, and Les Chanteurs Acadiens
will close out the festival with music at 8 p.m. The National Weather Service branch office in Caribou forecasts a chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms in the area. Other activities during the weeklong celebration which began Aug. 9 included live music, card tournaments, Talbot - Gervais family reunion events, a talent show, arm wrestling, various contests and fireworks.