MONCTON, N.B. – The City of Moncton raised the Acadian flag at city hall this afternoon to recognize National Acadian Day.

Moncton Deputy Mayor Merrill Henderson says it’s important to recognize the various community groups that make up the city.

“We do it for the Scots, we do it for the Irish and the Ukrainians.  The Acadians play a huge role in Moncton, and I think it’s extremely important that we recognize them by raising their flag.”

Moncton’s Tintamarre starts at 7pm at the Moncton Market, winding its way down Main Street to Botsford Street, and ending at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, where the Acadie Rock Festival begins.

Meantime, the interim federal Liberal leader is joining his colleagues to help celebrate the day in southeast New Brunswick.

Bob Rae says the Acadian community is an important part of the fabric of the province.

“It’s really a celebration not only of the Acadian community, but of Canada and certainly of New Brunswick.  It’s a great chance to meet people informally, which is something I like to do in the summer.”

Rae is taking part in a number of events today, including flag raising ceremonies in several communities and a Tintamarre in Bouctouche.