Following a day of heavy rain, the weather fortunately cleared up in time for Lachute’s Fête nationale/St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations at the fairgrounds on the evening of June 23. Activities for children and families began at 4 p.m. and live music with Ray Marcianno began at 7 p.m. followed by the discours patriotique speech with Lachute council and Argenteuil Member of the National Assembly Agnès Grondin at 7:45 p.m. Les Ti Gars began their performance at 8 p.m. at the celebration wrapped up at fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

A year ago, many of these same people may have received a COVID-19 vaccination in the Aréna Kevin-Lowe/Pierre-Pagé in Lachute. On June 23, the mood inside the arena was much more festive when it was set up as a children’s play area for the community Fête nationale celebration. Photo: James Morgan

Ray Marcianno on stage at the Lachute Fête nationale celebration. Photo: James Morgan

Lachute council and Argenteuil MNA Agnès Grondin delivered the discours patriotique in honour of Québec heritage, culture, and flag at the Fête nationale celebration on June 23. From left to right: Councillor Virginie Filiatrault, Mayor Bernard Bigras-Denis, Councillor Christian David, Agnès Grondin, Councillor Aline Gravel, Councillor Gaétan Larose, Councillor Guylaine Cyr-Desforges, and Councillor Hugo Lajoie. Photo: James Morgan

The 2022 Fête nationale slogan in Lachute was “Tire-toi une bûche!”, or pull yourself up a log, a common saying in Québec similar to pull up a chair and sit down. Some people enjoyed Lachute’s Fête nationale celebration sitting on logs near a fire. Photo: James Morgan