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MARCHE DES MARIES (The Wedding March). Cajun, March (4/4 time). USA, Louisiana. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A(Vocal)BA(Vocal)BA. This wedding march is traditionally the first song played at a Cajun wedding dance. During it, the wedding couple link arms with their entourage and walk around the dance floor at least twice while it is being played (Francois, 1990). They are followed by their parents, grandparents, godparents, siblings, and aunts and uncles, following in a train of pairs. Soon after the newlywed couple dance a waltz and invite the party to join them, kicking off the reception festivities. It has also been described as being played "usually around the time the bride turns from white to green during a money dance." According to "Cheese" Reed, the song was popularized by Eunice, Louisiana, musician Abe Manuel.
Source for notated version: Wallace "Cheese" Reed, Raymond Francois (La.) [Francois].
Printed sources: Francois (Yé Yaille Chere), 1990; pp. 226-227.
Recorded sources: Les Amies Louisianaises - "La Musique Unique des Acadiens" (1997).