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Several musicians dedicated compositions to St-Jean-Baptiste Associations in Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa: for example, in Quebec City, Charles Sauvageau's 'Chant canadien' (Aubin & Rowen 1843; repr CMH, vol 7) and 'Chant national' (Le Ménestrel 1844), both for voice and piano; in Montreal, J.-C.
Brauneis II's Marche de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lovell & Gibson 1848; repr CMH, vol 1); and in Ottawa, Célestin Lavigueur's 'A notre saint patron' (1877) for voice and piano.
Band concerts in the public squares on the evening of 23 June drew enormous crowds.
The next day a choir of more than 500 voices performed Gustave Gagnon's arrangement of Du Mont's Messe royale accompanied by the bands of the 9th Battalion and the Union musicale.
The following year Gilles Vigneault opened the parade singing 'Mon Pays'.
In 1970 a need for change in the format, and considerable political unrest, forced the authorities to put an end to the traditional parade.
Parades became more and more elaborate over the years. For example, in 1928 34 floats each took for a theme a folksong, and the song was sung by a choir following the float.
Also in 1928, on 28 June, Guillaume Couture's oratorio Jean le Précurseur was presented at the Delorimier Stadium in Montreal; it was revived in a performance at the PDA.
One legend has it that a great many French-Canadians bearing that given name persuaded the journalist and patriot Ludger Duvernay to adopt it as the name of the national society of French-Canadians which he founded in 1834.
A banquet in the hall of Bonsecours Market and a musical jubilee on St Helen's Island were among the memorable events. Labelle wrote and conducted a cantata for the occasion.