Ècomusée de la Mi-Carême

Îles de la Madeleine

The Catholic tradition of Carnival – a period of masking and celebration before the austere fasting of Lent – has many incarnations around the world, such as Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Canadian Acadians, including residents of the Îles de la Madeleine, celebrate a version known as Mi-Carême. Come to this museum to see masks, costumes and other artifacts of this fascinating community celebration, which remains little known to outsiders.

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