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Friday, July 4, 2008

Playing Nice in the Sandbox on Bastille Day

If you can't fly to Europe this summer. Take advantage of a fun and free, how-grown, annual Brooklyn event that takes place July 13th. Time Out NY reports that "Brooklyn Francophiles and French expats flock to this annual party and p├ętanque tournament, with live music by Baby Blue Orchid Orchestra and culinary offerings from Bar Tabac, Apartment 138, La Lunetta and other area eateries". According to this years 2008 Eat Out Awards from Time Out New York, Bar Tabac has been voted the best neighborhood restaurant in the city. In addition to being voted the best, they are also the sponsors of the event.

You'll feel like you're in Paris with the biggest Bastille Day in the U.S. & getting bigger every year! This extravaganza on Smith Street (between Bergen and Pacific Sts in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn) especially stands out because the street is literally covered with tons of sand for the famous petanque tournament, played with tennis-ball-sized metal balls. People will be dancing in the street to authentic 1920's swing music. You can get there by Subway: F, G to Bergen St. (Call 718-852-0328 for more info.)

Bastille Day, a French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Celebrations will be taking place all over the world. To find an event near you go to FrenchCulture.org. They list celebrations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.. If you can't find your location on their site, just do a Google search and you'll be sure to find an event near you.