Field Trip Friday: Bastille Day on 60th Street

Last Sunday July 11, intern Kathleen attended NYC’s annual Bastille Day Celebration. The event closed three blocks on 60th street from 5th Ave to Lexington Avenue and has been the largest celebration of its kind in the US for over a decade. Over 40 participating organizations, restaurants, musicians, performers, and bakeries gathered crowds of festive locals and visitors.

Bastille Day Celebration 2010!

Bastille Day is a Fête Nationale (National Celebration) in France held on the 14th of July.  It is the anniversary of the 1789 storming of the Bastille, a significant event representing the beginnings of the French Revolution. In New York, it was celebrated a few days early with market booths tempting passerbys with patriotic-themed macarons, nutella crêpes, financiers and pâté sandwiches.

payard

Payard pastries, including tarte au citron and chocolate eclairs

Belgian Waffles!

Belgian Waffles and Dinges truck!

The celebration included a Citroën Car Show, a Garçons de Café Race, Cancan dancers, obligatory mimes and live performances featuring music by Brassens (sung by Pierre de Gaillande), Edith Piaf (Gay Marshall) and contemporary artists Malika Zarra, Les Sans Culottes, and Michèle Voltaire Marcelin.

mmm baguette...

Inside the fi:af building--Cheese!

fi:af (french institute, alliance française), the largest Alliance Française in the US, hosted a wine, beer, and cheese tasting event throughout the day in its recently renovated 1939 building. Vendors offered samples of as much cheese as you could stomach while the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) provided red or white wine. After sampling the Brie and cheddar on nostalgically-delicious baguette, visitors headed downstairs to the theatre room for a live screening of the World Cup Final.

fi:af
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