Friday, July 16, 2010

Brooklyn's 2010 Bastille Day Celebration Looking Big

The biggest Bastille Day party in the U.S. takes place this Sunday in Boerum Hill on Smith Street between Bergen and Pacific Streets (and on Dean Street on both sides of Smith) from 11 a.m. till 10 p.m. 

Every year more and more French speakers, eaters, dancers, drinkers, and petanque competitors surge onto Smith Street for this crazy good time celebration. (Even though Bastill Day was technically on the 14th, just go with it.)

The street will be covered in sand for the famous petanque tournament, played with tennis-ball-sized metal balls. 80 teams from around the world are competing this year.

There's plenty of French food and drink. Bar Tabac is a major sponsor (along with Robin des Bois and Ricard). A Bar Tabac rep told the Brooklyn Eagle that they counted 12,000 people last year -- they're adding more tables this year so it should be a little easier to get one.

The north end of Smith Street will be busy with the dare-devil skateboarding competition, courtesy of the Homage skateboarding shop. According to the Eagle, Homage is going to have the entire DC Pro skateboarding team there signing autographs, giving out free products and hanging out.

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Photos by MK Metz

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