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Seattle Bastille Day: Sadly No One Gets Beheaded…

July 9, 2011

First, let me explain.  Several years back I went to visit a friend of mine who was living in St. Louis at the time and St. Louis, having been founded by the French has a Bastille Day festival every year in one of it’s neighborhoods.  The year I was there they marched through the streets culminating in the public beheading reenactment of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.  It’s still the best beheading reenactment I’ve ever seen.  Of course, they were not actually beheaded on Bastille Day (July 14, 1789) which commemorates the  storming of the Bastille prison and fortress in Paris. It is considered the start of the French Revolution.  They were beheaded on separate days in 1793.  However, I think it really made for a festive atmosphere.  Who doesn’t like a little fake guillotine action?

Anyway, this weekend at Seattle Center Seattle is having its own Bastille Day festival today and tomorrow July9-10 from 11AM to 6PM.   I have read the schedule a couple of times and there don’t appear to be any beheadings involved.  Of course I guess you can go and have some French food and wine (You know, if you’re into that sort of thing).  The menu here looks pretty appealing especially when combined with the many wine tastings throughout the day.

You can also go and watch episodes of Rick Steves’ Europe (the TV show) down at Seattle Center.  I’m pretty sure my DVR and I can do that to and I don’t have to walk anywhere.  Ah laziness… although I suppose they have at least narrowed it down to the episodes about France.

There are also various live music performances throughout the day and I suspect they will be a little more well-attended and plentiful than at some of the other cultural festivals throughout the year (No offense Croatia Fest.  Your country is really beautiful though.)  So hop on down, absorb some culture and red wine and maybe learn an important phrase or two.    Most importantly you can enter a raffle for two round trip tickets to Paris provided by Air France.  I guess a trip to France would be a nice consolation if no one’s going to get beheaded.

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