charivari

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One of her informants told her: "Well this old maid and this old bachelor got married and did they ever shivaree them.
Right away I knew it was Shivaree time and we scrambled to throw on some clothes.
Folklorist Monica Morrison sees the disapproval charivari as a French custom: "the shivaree is an especially strong tradition [in Northern New Brunwick], although in character it seems to bear little relation to the custom among the Acadian French to the north and east where it takes on the flavour of overt community disapproval" (1974: 286).