The French National Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.  French flag









The celebration of this great day includes parades, parties, fireworks, concerts, wreath placing at the cemeteries, and the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. The military parade, began in 1880, is held on the morning of 14 July,  and since 1918  it has traveled down the length of the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Claude Monet’s painting entitled, Rue Montorgueil, Paris, Festival of 30 June 1878.


Bastille day is celebrated in many countries including Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the USA. Here in St Petersburg, Florida, the French American Business Council of West Tampa celebrated Bastille Day at Cassis, an American Brasserie on Beach Drive. A special Menu was prepared by French Chef Jeremy Duclut and served with glasses of Marquis de la Tour from Loire Valley. Fiona Frensche performed favorite songs by Edith Piaf, Juliette Greco, Josephine Baker, Jacques Brel and more. Her cabaret style renditions of the French classics bring back memories of Montmartre in the 1920’s with Moulin Rouge as the setting. Ah, mais oui.

Sorry that this was late getting out but my computer decided it needed a day off to celebrate as well. Finally got it up & running again. Better late than never?