Shouts of “Liberte’! Egalite’! Fraternite’! will fill the air once again as the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation celebrates Bastille Day on Sunday July 12, 2015 from noon until 3:30 p.m. Join us for the festivities where Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette, will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the French Colonial Artillery and cannoneers from the Milice de Sainte Famille. Listen as Bill Hart sings “La Marseillaise” from the balcony of the mansion, watch and participate in “Dance Discovery’s” costumed performance of period dancing, and view a military “assault” on the historic mansion. Join the fun as St. Louis Ragtimers’ Don Franz greets our guests strumming his magical banjo.
Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, July 14, 1789. On that day the Bastille, a notorious Paris prison symbolizing the tyranny and corruption of the royals was stormed by the masses in protest of the injustices suffered under the ruling class. It is also known as the “Fete de la Federation,” which celebrates the unity of the French people.
Admission is free! Beer, wine, lemonade and hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase to quench the thirst and appetites of the rebellious revolutionaries in attendance!
In addition…at 3:30 pm there will be a walking tour of historic Cherokee Street offered by local historian Doug Schneider, who’ll be wearing his three corner hat – and take 50% off of everything in the DeMenil’s gift shop!
Some photos from last year’s Bastille Day Celebration: