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The Comité du 14 juillet presents: Bastille Day on 60th Street -NYC

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The Comité du 14 juillet presents: Bastille Day on 60th Street

Art de Vivre à la Française

A Three Block Festival in Celebration of
French and American Friendship

Sunday, July 12, 2009
Noon to 6pm
East 60th Street, from Fifth to Lexington Avenues

Rain or Shine!

For more than ten years, Bastille Day on 60th Street has been the largest public celebration in New York of the friendship between France and the United States: nearly 25,000 visitors attended the fete in 2008. Originally commemorating France’s Independence Day, Bastille Day has grown to be a celebration of liberty, freedom, and cultural diversity, echoing on both sides of the Atlantic. Bastille Day on 60th Street is a unique gathering of French-speaking people and American Francophiles, all yearning for the tastes, sounds, and joie of France.

Spanning three city blocks, between Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue on East 60th Street, Bastille Day offers a fun-filled street fête that abounds with food, music, games, and more. For six hours, the street is closed to traffic and dedicated to Franco-American celebrations. With this year’s theme, Art de Vivre à la Française, the celebration will feature the French way of life, offering the best of France in New York.

Highlights will include:

  • French music and dance showcase, including the wildly popular French Can-Can dancers, to be presented on the main stage located between Madison and Park Avenue throughout the afternoon
  • French treats, including a wine and cheese tasting at the FIAF building, crêpes and pastry galore, high-end restaurant booths, and delightful pique-nique tables lining each block
  • Fabulous raffle prizes, including a Grand Prize trip to France and drawings throughout the day
  • Family Activities, including a pétanque contest, the Kids’ Corner organized by the FIAF Language Center, face painting, games, and classic Citroen cars.

    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 18, 2009 at 14:33

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