Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fête Nationale

From the Obscure and/or Unpopular Holidays Department:

A Tale of Two CitiesHappy Bastille Day! Bastille Day is similar to Independence Day in the United States, in that it marks the symbolic beginning of a new government. However, while here in the States, July 4th is the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, July 14th in France commemorates the storming of the hated Parisian prison... The Bastille.

Yes, today is the day to sing the Marseillaise and set off your leftover firecrackers. If you prefer quiet, you can patronize the several French restaurants and pâtisseries in town. Or if you like a touch of the bizarre, you can follow some of the tips from McSweeney's for the Best Bastille Day Party Ever.

Vive la France!

Storming the Bastille

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