The Day 5000 People Marched Into Carleton Place – Controversial New Exhibit!


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July 13, 1954.

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This is a new display at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Some have deemed this new exhibit as controversial and that it should not be displayed. Whatever your opinion is- it is part of our local history and like other subjects no one seems to agree on– it should not be ignored.

At present there are only 11 Orangemen in the town of Carleton Place

Orangemen’s Day commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, which took place in 1690 outside Drogheda, now in the Republic of Ireland. It is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador on the Monday closest to July 12. Orangemen’s Day is generally celebrated by people with a Protestant Irish or Scottish background, particularly those who support the Orange Order. We still have a parade every year in Carleton Place. After the parades, the lodges may organize family celebrations, known as “Times”, which include picnics, communal meals or dancing. Many parades are held on a Saturday close to July 12. The Orangemen celebrate their annual parades now saying It’s a Scots/Irish parade—Ulster/Scots parade celebrating their culture and heritage. The Carleton Place parade will be Saturday evening.

in 1949- 20,000 people descended on Carleton Place


Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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