Because we know you’d have our heads if we didn’t, 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 to mention the authenticity exhibited by the King and Queen, whose authentic costumes (sans red converse high tops) accosted the crowd to spontaneous outbursts of “Off with their heads!” in the kind of alcohol fueled aimless furor usually saved for Mardi Gras. And despite the strong correlation of group drinking and riots, this ordinarily intimidating mob seemed almost mundane considering the inclusion of segway scooters and small children participating in such revolutionary acts. In that regard, perhaps the holiday is best remembered right here in town.
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. Continue Reading Fête de la Fédération…
For those of you who missed it, here’s our perspective of the Pridefest St. Louis parade on South Grand and subsequent proceedings in Tower Grove Park – FlickR photo set page. Of course we’re sure some people will be interested in the political appearances during this year’s parade, but for everyone else there’s unique floats and appearances from friends and even some churches in the St Louis community. Needless to say, rain this last Sunday wasn’t about to scare off the crowd celebrating diversity and individual rights this year.