PORT HURON'S FENIAN RAID OF 1870 CELEBRATED
Musket and cannon fire, bagpipers and swinging hoop skirts were just some the sights and sounds a part of the first ever Fenian Raid celebration at Desmond Landing over the weekend. Local organizers of the event brought Port Huron's post Civil War era to life with uniformed soldiers, artillery demonstrations and even a fashion show. This weekend's celebration commemorated an attempt by the area's Irish-American population to invade Canada in hopes of Great Britian releasing control over Ireland. On a May day in 1870, members of the Fenian Brotherhood stood at the edge of Griswold Street with a stolen cannon ready to do battle, but retreated when they saw over British troops lining the Sarnia shoreline. Organizers of the event felt it was important to showcase a powerful but little-known piece of Port Huron history through reenactments, an encampment village as well as the music, fashion and food of the time period. To memorialize the historic event, organizers held an opening ceremony attended by a Sarnia city council member where rememberance plaques were exchanged and cannon fire announced the start of the celebrations.
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