City How Was It? Bastille Day
posted by July 19 at 16:12 PMon
Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th’s Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king’s power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.
What does this mean to Seattle? Hell if I know. But I tried to find out. And because this city, weirdly, decided to celebrate the holiday on Sunday the 15th, from 11 am-6 pm at the Seattle Center (?), I thought I go out and talk to some people Saturday night. I ate a big hunk of super gooey Brie (yum) then drank a whole bottle of Two Buck Chuck (oops) and stormed the biggest Bastille Day celebration I’d heard of - The Comet Tavern. The music was perfect, and members of local band Romance were especially nice. And patient. I can’t believe how many times I asked them to try to sing the French National Anthem…
“Fête Nationale” How Was It!