Drummondville Cultural Diversity Festival 2018
It all started on a grey rainy morning. The kilt carriers came out, the materials needed to host were all put in the car ready for the 7th edition of the Drummondville Cultural Diversity Fest. Luckily, when we arrived a few hours later the weather had cleared up letting us all enjoy what this festival was about. Every year, the citizens of Drummondville Quebec gather to see and celebrate various cultural communities that have helped shape the city. Over 30 various cultural groups attended. Cultural kiosks, live music, dance shows and activities for the whole family where on the menu. For the very first time, Scotland was represented by Clan Logan, Lindsay, and MacLeod.
This is an important fact when we consider that the city of Drummondville was founded in 1815 by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Heriot, a British army officier who fought the War of 1812 and subsequently became a landowner and administrator in Canada.
Heriot bought the lands from William Dobie Lindsay, a customs agent from Saint Jean sur Richelieu Quebec. Lindsay never lived on these lands and chose to sell them off. He is the reason why the city of Drummondville is located on the map at this precise place. Lindsay street was named after him. The purpose of the town was to provide a home for the British soldiers in the war and guard the Saint-Francois River against American attacks. Drummondville was named after Sir Gordon Drummond, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada between 1813 and 1816. He was of Scottish descent, the son of Colin Drummond of Megginch castle, Perthsire and Catherine Oliphant of Rossie.
At the Cultural Diversity Fest, there was a flags parade and each country present was presented to the crowd. Clan Logan really
got noticed at this event thanks to the help of the Clan Logan Society of Canada members that were in attendance. Laurent Audar
proudly wore his Logan Modern kilt and josée Filiatreault and her daughter Krystel Wore Logan Modern sashes and rosettes. At this
venue, visitors paid special attention to what each person wore at the various cultural stands. Traditional dress what of great
importance and many questions were raised relating to Scottish Clan attire. Alain Chapdelaine, reverend and bagpiper, was at the
event and honoured Scotland at the flags parade by offering everyone by playing his bagpipes. What a beautiful and touching tribute
to Scotland. The local deputy of Drummondville, François Choquette visited and participated in the festivities. Clan Logan is honoured to say that we acquired an extra member. Mrs.Yanice Artigny, very interested by what Clan Logan has to offer has requested to take part and participate in our events! We would like to thank the city of Drummondville Quebec, the organisers and volunteers that helped make this event possible.