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French Cultural Center readies for Bastille Day street party

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 9, 2012 09:15 AM

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As the parades, fireworks, and barbecues celebrating the Fourth of July come to an end, a new celebration for another national holiday is ready to take over one corner of the Back Bay.

The French holiday Bastille Day will be celebrated with a lively street party Friday, July 13, by the French Cultural Center and Boston’s Francophiles.

The street festival will shut down Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon streets from 6 to 11 p.m. so about 2,000 revelers can dance, eat, drink and celebrate.

The center’s annual Bastille Day celebration marks French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789.

The July 14 holiday celebrates the people’s uprising against monarchy and the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity, according to the cultural center.

The center touts its Boston celebration is one of the largest Bastille Day parties in the U.S.

This year it will feature performances by award-winning modern African instrumentalist Diblo Dibala, and Sarazino, whose music mixes roots reggae and Latin, Arabic and West African grooves with Canadian and French pop influences.

Tickets for the party are available through WorldMusic/CRASHarts at 617-876-4275 or online.
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