I had to do some serious research on this unique event put on annually in the Audubon Park Garden District. I had no idea what Bastille Day was. It turns out Bastille Day is a French national holiday. Commonly know as Le quatorze juillet, it commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, which began with the storming of the Bastille. Each year since 1880, the French Military marches for a morning parade. This is the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. From the photos, it looks like quite the spectacle. Thousands of uniformed military men and women, 300 vehicles, 240 horses marching through the streets and 80 planes and helicopters (according to Wikipedia). They all pass the President of the French Republic, his government and foreign ambassadors in great ceremony through Champs Elysees.
This Saturday, July 11th the Audubon Park Garden District event will host this fundraiser which benefits the district and offers many events for free. There is a celebrity siting by Marie Antoinette and an indoor Open Market at Redlight Redlight. They also offer a variety of ticketed events such as a crepe breakfast and an artisan cheese and wine pairing. If you keep up with us on social media, you may have seen my tweet about the Dinner Party Project a few days ago. This interesting concept brings strangers together for dinner and conversation in a social setting. The Dinner Party Project will be holding an dinner party at P for Pie Bake Shop with catering by The Smiling Bison, Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Cafe and P is for Pie Bake Shop.
While I have never personally been to this event, it is definitely on the calendar for my family this weekend. I hope you’ll join us as we celebrate Bastille Day and all things magnifique!
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