In the shower this morning I was thinking back over yesterday’s parade and there’s a reflexive post script to add. It was a long shower, I also thought about Brexit, but we may leave that for another time. Québec’s Fête Nationale started life as a very religious holiday. In France midsummer festivals and the feast day for John the Baptist were combined. As the patron saint of Québec, St John’s day became a day of national pride in this very Catholic province. It’s only in recent times that religion has faded from the parade program, and national Québec history and tradition, a strong and proud identity has come to prominence. And even the day’s name changed from the Feast of St John to Québec National Day.