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July 24, 2005 - A Late Bastille Day

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Bastille Day comes late out here - and it was celebrated at the La Brea Tar Pits of all places, on Sunday, July 17 - complete with a Petanque tournament!

Here is the skinny:


The fourth annual Bastille Day LA is a free all-day festival held in the gardens of the Page Museum [adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits]. Supported by the French Consulate in Los Angeles, the Bastille Day LA celebration is meant to "reinforce the undying ties between the French and American people and to promote French heritage and culture."

Foods to be presented at the event include: Sweet and savory crepes by Café Marly; Coucous and Moroccan specialties by Marakesh; Merguez, frites and barbecue by Tartine et Café; Macarons, caramels, sables, pates de fruits by Boule; Specialty French breads by L'artisan Valley Bakery; Croissants and cookies by Breadbar; Quiches and salads by Normandy Country.

There's a Provencal petanque tournament, a Parisian waiters' race, and an international vendor marketplace with gastronomic specialties from all over France and refreshments in the Festival beer and wine garden. Performers from around the world on the main stage throughout the day are expected to include French Latin Funk Group Patje, Hot Fab Djazz Club Jazz Band, West African singer Kadiatou, Tahitian dancers, the C. Dance Jazz Company. Best part? It's free! Sunday 12:00 noon to 8 pm in the gardens of the Page Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. In the heart of the Miracle Mile on Wilshire Boulevard (Wilshire Boulevard & Curson Avenue), just East of LACMA.


A photo album of twenty-two shots is here.  


And here are some of the more amusing ones.

The script –

LA Bastille Day party - July 17 2005 - script

A babe –

LA Bastille Day party  - 17 July 2005 (babe)

The stage –

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005 (stage)

On stage?  Naked Rhythm - Arabian dance remixes (groove-trance) 

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005 (drummers)

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005

Get your French posters at this booth - but don't drink this crap –

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005

Preparing for the French waiters' race – 

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005 (race prep)

Preparing for the French waiters' race (bogus wannabe French waiters?) - not the Paris La Course des Garçons de Café by any means – 

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005 (race prep)

The French waiters' race underway (with passion) -

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005

Provencal Petanque befuddles the young locals –

LA Bastille Day party - 17 July 2005

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