Bastille Day Party

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While most of us are planning to celebrate July 4th, why not celebrate Bastille Day this year too? Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet (the 14th of July), commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison at beginning of the French Revolution. The celebrations in France typically include parades and fireworks, but in Boston we can take the party to Marlborough Street!

For the 39th year, the French Cultural Center is marking the holiday weekend with festivities. This year, Marlborough Street will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers on Friday, July 11. Food from some of Boston’s best French restaurants and drinks will be for sale, in addition to beer and wine. These two francophone acts are hoping to have you dancing in the street: H’Sao, whose explosive dance beats from Chadian roots blend soul, jazz and R&B and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, a mind blowing American-Guinean duo fusing hip-hop and funk with reggae and African grooves. I went to this party a few years ago, and it was so much fun. If you are thinking to attend, don’t wait too long – they expect the tickets to sell out!

Friday, July 11, 6-10pm. Tickets: $28 in advance, $35 at the door, free for children under 10 years old. To buy tickets or for more information, take a look at the French Cultural Center website.

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Image Credit: Eric Antoniou

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