Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Come Celebrate French/American Independence!
Theater, Dance, Music, Art, Food, and Fun…
July 9, 2011 – 6:00pm
July 9, 2011 – 10:30pm
Celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 during the American Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille Prison in Paris on July 14, 1789 during the French Revolution.
Our most exciting 2nd Saturday is our annual Bastille Day celebration. State Street is transformed into an arts-filled scene from history, featuring professional theater presentations, visual art displays, live music and dancing, children’s activities and crafts, and more.
Join us for a reenactment of the Storming of Bastille, live music, and many street activities including strolling performers, plein air painters, silk painting, tie dying, and more. Our main stage performance features renowned Louisiana band Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners.
Our Schedule of Events Includes:
6:00 – 7:00: SPCA Pit Bull Adoption Show
6:00 – 7:40: Live bands at Steven Stones and Selene Co-op
6:15: Fair Trade Awards
6:45-7:15: Reenactment of the Storming of Bastille, by the Hedgerow Theater
7:15-8:20: Live bands at Steven Stones and Selene Co-op
7:45-8:20: Dancing Lessons in front of Main Stage
8:20-8:30: Bastille Day Committee Announcements and Honorary Chair Introduction
8:30-10:00: Featured Performance: Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
The Media Theater will feature French films in honor of Bastille Day, showing “Les Aventures de TinTin” (a children’s cartoon) at 2pm and “Au Revoir les Enfants” at 7:30.
Artist features include plein air painters, silk dying, and silk screening. Children’s activities include tye-dying, necklace painting, and face painting. Some restaurants will offer outdoor dining.
M.A.C. celebrates Bastille Day as an historic event symbolic of the freedom that paved the way for, among other things, artistic expression. The Bastille Day celebration will offer attendees of all ages a unique experience filled with art, music and historical attractions. More than 40 businesses participate, along with numerous artists, musicians, and performers. This will be a memorable independence celebration for the entire family to enjoy.
Leroy Thomas, also known as “the Jewel of the Bayou,” is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene. With an unmatched repertoire of Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B, and Country music he mixes an ideal combination of traditional zydeco with his own innovative, funky, hard-driving sound. He is a masterful musician and a world class performer. No matter the size of the venue Leroy puts on a wholehearted show that will have you staring in awe, stomping your feet, and begging for more.View the 2011 Bastille Day Map