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Bastille Day Party

What's red, white, blue and belligerent? A French beatnik who didn't find out about the Bastille Day Party.
By Hilary Simmons
July 09, 2013
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By Hilary Simmons
July 09, 2013
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It is shocking to think that there is only one holiday a year that truly cries out for a French-themed party. Why don't we have Croissant Day? Or Baguette Day? Romance and Cheese Day could easily be a thing. Vino all round. Nahmean?

Still, we do have Bastille Day, and that isn't going anywhere, despite Russell Crowe proving that he absolutely cannot sing. Bastille Day is important because it celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution — that bloodthirsty struggle for freedom, equality and fraternity. When "the people" stormed the Bastille and seized the military stores, an entire decade of idealism, savagery and carnage started.

So why celebrate such a heady (and often headless) period? Because it's about seizing control and brandishing baguettes and bringing about the end of feudalism. Being independent and being proud and well, being French, basically. So march along to the Bastille Day Party at the Evening Star-South Melbourne Market. You'll be brimming with joie de vivre before you know it.

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