Fête de la Fédération

July 11, 2007 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Events, Lauren Reid, music, parade, summer | 1 Comment

I love France, French, Français. When I visit big cities I can find Little Italy with ease or pass by Chinatown without a thought. Russian, Romanian, German, Dutch…it seems that the only city that has a decent French Quarter is the one and only Big Easy. Now, don’t get me wrong, we’ve got a rich French history here in the old Louis IX’s namesake city. I guess what I’m missing is the culture, the people…the opportunity to practice my French. I’d take residence in a true “Little France” area of town in an instant.

But maybe I’ve got hope this weekend in St. Louis’ Soulard district. Bastille Day* is on its way, complete with events all weekend set to project you into that angry French mob you’ve always wanted to be a part of. Off with his head!

Here’s the rundown from stlcamp.org:

21st ANNUAL SOULARD BASTILLE DAYS FESTIVAL
JULY 13TH – 15TH, 2007

FRIDAY, JULY 13TH
6:00 pm A farewell gathering at the corner of Russell and Menard for Queen Marie Antoinette & King Louis. Gather at Joanie’s, Johnny’s or The Bastille to send the King and Queen off to their dreaded fate.

6:30 pm Walking street parade with marching crewes and royalty, led by “Joia” percussion group storming the streets of Soulard, gathering the mob for the beheading of King Louis & Queen Marie Antoinette.

7:00 pm Mock beheading of the King & Queen in front of Nadine’s at 12th and Allen.

SATURDAY, JULY 14TH
8:00 am Flea market to be held in Soulard Market Park, featuring a variety of art, handmade jewelry & clothing, and other items—up to 75 booths.

Noon Free live music with “The Alley Mutts” Noon to 4:00 p.m.
BBQ & Beer booths available.

SUNDAY, JULY 15TH
9:00 am The 21st Annual “Tour de Soulard” bike race through the streets of Soulard.
The race is sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation. This popular neighborhood event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All proceeds from the three day festival to benefit The Soulard Safety Program.

If all else fails, just picture the mock Marie Antoinette beheading as Kirsten Dunst when the cold blade goes a-fallin’.

*In case you needed a history lesson, Bastille Day is July 14. It commemorates a peasant uprising that marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the fall of the French monarchy.

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  1. […] here’s our view of the Bastille Day parade in St. Louis.  We were a bit surprised when the holiday march turned into a public pub crawl, until we remembered we were celebrating a holiday in Soulard.  Not […]


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