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Live Like The French This Weekend In Brooklyn At The Bastille Day Celebration

By Kelsey Marie

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Tens of thousands will gather in Brooklyn this Sunday to celebrate the 19th annual Bastille Day celebration.

Smith Street in Brooklyn has been home to French expats and the French-obsessed for years.

According to Travel+Leisure, there will be an entire cement truck full of sand to fill the streets and teams will compete in a game of pétanque (the French version of bocce ball) while others party the day away.

Bar Tabac, owned by Georges Forgeois, puts on the Bastille Day celebration every year.

“You feel like you’re on a terrace in Saint-Tropez — it’s the Saint-Tropez of Brooklyn. I’m very proud as a French person to bring Bastille and our way of life for one day. If it was [up] to me, I would do it every weekend,” Forgeois tells Travel+Leisure.

Bastille Day is the commemoration of the storming of the Bastille which ignited the French Revolution.

Last year, the turnout was estimated to be 40,000 people — it also took place the same time that France won the FIFA World Cup.

This year, Forgeois is predicting a slightly smaller turnout.

Smith Street is usually a busy street, running through Boerum Hill and Caroll Gardens, there are constantly shoppers and foodies running about this street and supporting the businesses on it.

Forgeois speaks of the French saying, “it’s hot and we’re slow — we like to do things slowly. With all these people running in the subway and all that, they feel good just being relaxed…Before anything, it’s a party for the people of Brooklyn, it’s to have a good time.”

The Bastille Day celebration will have beer, wine, live music, and great conversation and will take place on Sunday, July 19, 2019.

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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