Did you know that Portland has a huge French population? With two French-American schools, countless French-inspired businesses, and a very active French Alliance, it’s no wonder that the city hosts one of the largest Bastille Day celebrations in the U.S. This year, as I’ve done for six years, I’ll attend the festivities with my husband and friends. When else do I get to make fun of people who have a STRONGER accent than mine?
Bastille Day is the equivalent of Independence Day in France. It is celebrated on July 14 over there, but this year the French Alliance organizes it the weekend of July 11th.
Festivities include the the famous course de garcons de cafe, petanque classes, le marche francais, and a lot of French food. Not sure what all of that means? Check out the full agenda, in English, on the French Alliance’s website.
The event is free and open to the public; kids welcome.
Jamison Square Park
Saturday, July 11, 2009
12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.