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Music Cape Breton's Diversity in Unity

Artist Pat Aucoin

Patrick (Pat) à Joseph à Dosite Aucoin was born February 18, 1894 and grew up in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, Inverness County. On January 18, 1917, he married Marie-Belle (à Frédéric “Minou” Desveaux, better known as Minnie). They were married for sixty-eight years and had twelve children: Freddie, Élizabeth, Lucie Mae, Léo, Philias, Thérèse, Hermine, Célina, Stella, Catherine, Gérard and Thomas.

For many years, Pat Aucoin was the leader of La Chandeleur in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine. This Acadian celebration would take place on February 2nd in a particular house from each district. On the last day of January and the first day of February, the young men would gather with their sleds to haul food for La Chandeleur. They would go door-to-door to collect the food. Pat Aucoin, the leader, went in first holding the cane of La Chandeleur. Pat and the other men would sing and dance L’Escaouette.

Pat and Minnie thrived on family and friends. They were the nucleus of many get-togethers and reunions and were always proud of their Acadian ancestry.