This past Saturday, my neighbourhood hosted a street party that was too good not to share with you. The event was called Marche Nocturne, and was inspired by communal feasts held in certain regions of France. After months of planning, over 250 people gathered at one long table to celebrate the sense of community that we are so lucky to have in our neighbourhood. The festivities honoured a dear family friend who passed away this year of pancreatic cancer, and whose incredible neighbourly spirit was the inspiration for the event.
Guests brought with them salads and desserts, and roast pig was served to those who wished it. A silent auction, as well as private donations raised nearly $17,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Canada.
Almost as spectacular as the fundraising efforts, was the sight of everyone gathered at one long table (complete with red gingham table cloth), in their “summer whites”. Food and drink was passed between strangers and friends alike; it goes to show that gathering for a communal meal brings people together in a rare and inspiring way. Whether your table holds four of four hundred, it is a place where great things can happen.
These photos don’t do the event justice, but here is a glimpse at our first annual Marche Nocturne.