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   Here is a collection of images taken during CMA.  Some were taken by myself.  Others appeared in various CMA articles.

     • Opening Day
     • Family Reunions
     • Conferences
     • Other Activities
     • Closing Day

OPENING DAY - August 1, 1999
 

More than 400 people gather on the front lawn of 
Southdown Plantation in Houma on Sunday for a special 
Mass in French, celebrated in honor of  the Acadian world reunion and festival that started Sunday. 
Photos by Jennifer Zdon/The Times-Picayune 

The Rev. Roch Naquin of Isle de 
Jean Charles in Terrebonne Parish 
and the Rev. Eloi Arsenault of Prince Edward Island, Canada, conduct the 
French Mass which took place Sunday morning at Southdown Plantation. 
  Photo by CINDY SKOP/THE COURIER.

Tabitha Avet, 5, kicks off the festival with a song Sunday at Main Street in downtown Houma.  The celebration featured traditional South Louisiana food, zydeco music and dancing and Mardi Gras throws from a float.
Earl Eschete plays the violin with Eschete Family Ties Band at the Mardi GrasPromenade on Main Street in downtown Houma Sunday to start the  Acadian festival.
 
Jean Gaudet, leader of a group of French - speaking residents of New Brunswick, Canada, is greeted by, from left, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Diane Marlean, and Slidell Mayor Sam Caruso.  Advocate
French and American flags are raised proudly by those attended the opening ceremonies of the Congrès Mondial Acadien '99. From left, Lindsey Porshe, Carroll Dugas, Irene Pitre, Ruby Dugas and Leland Crochet celebrate the start of the two-week-long event honoring south Louisiana's Acadian roots. 
Photo by BRETT POWERS/THE COURIER.
Yvonne Theriault-LeBlanc waves an  Acadian flag during the opening ceremonies of the Congrès Mondial Acadien in Houma on Sunday evening.  Theriault-LeBlanc is from St. Martin, Nova Scotia. 
Advocate staff photo by Jeff Adkins
 

Lightning and ominous clouds loom over opening 
day as a crowd stays behind outside the Civic 
Center waiting for the storm to pass. 
Photo by CINDY SKOP/THE COURIER.




Claudia Dumestre of New Orleans and her partner of about fifteen years, Daniel Breaux of Houma, swing each other around the pavement outside the Civic Center to the sounds of Couche-Couche on Sunday evening as the Congrès Mondial Acadian opening ceremonies get under way. 
Photo by CINDY SKOP/THE COURIER. 

John Joe Sark, captain of the Grand Council for the Mi'kmaq tribe and its spiritual leader, waves an eagle feather and some healing smoke over the crowd Sunday night at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. 
Photo by CINDY SKOP/THE COURIER.
The Bayou Eagles, a ceremonial dance team representating the United Houma  Nation, performs during Congrès Mondial Acadien opening ceremonies Sunday at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. 
Photo by CINDY SKOP/THE COURIER. 

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