The Capital of "Acadie"
Caraquet is known as "le Capital de l'Acadie" (the Capital of Acadia), and in 2003, Heritage Canada recognized Caraquet as the Cultural Capital of Canada.
Since 1881, August 15th has been celebrated as National Acadian Day, and Caraquet is "ground-zero" for the annual celebrations of Acadians and their culture.
On that day each year in Caraquet, the main street becomes a huge party, as a parade of anyone and everyone, many in costumes (traditional and not-so-traditional) makes their way eastward down St. Pierre Blvd. West.
Other communities also celebrate the day, but nowhere is it celebrated with such enthusiasm and heart, as in Caraquet.