Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bastille Day Celebration And Pétanque Tournament 2014 On Smith Street

Though the holiday marking the beginning of the French Revolution is celebrated on July 14th in France, Smith Street's annual Bastille Day Celebration and  Pétanque Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, July 13th at 12pm.. Good thing! That means we all get to take part.

With teams from around the world competing, it is the largest pétanque tournament in North America.
So come out and celebrate, watch the players, drink pastis, eat great food and listen to live music.

The games starts at noon, but the sand will be delivered at 10 am and  it is always great fun for the kids to see it being dumped in the middle of the street.

Please register your pétanque team  at Bar Tabac, 128 Smith Street, 718 923 0918

From the organizer:

Take the largest Petanque (it’s like bocce) Tournament in the world outside of France……..
Add the World Cup Final on a giant truck mounted TV screen……
Mix with Food & Drink from some of Smith Street’s best establishments……..
Sprinkle with live music, joie de vivre, and dancing in the streets………
And you have two blocks of Smith Street’s Bastille Day Party

Our neighborhoods around Smith Street have become very French – one hears it spoken in the streets and even our public elementary school is French/English bi-lingual – so it is only natural that we celebrate the French equivalent of our July 4th with a French themed party.

Food & Drink this year will come from Bar Tabac, White Oak, Char#4, Kittery, Union Grounds, Bar San Miguel, Bien Cuit, Pane e Vino, One Girl Cookies, Britain Indian Restaurant, & Les Bretons.

XL Airways will again hold a raffle for R/T tickets for 2 NY-Marseille-NY – Try Your Luck!!.

Live Music will be coming from Lipbone Redding again this year by popular demand.

The arrival of the antique Quadrozzi Cement mixer Truck at 10AM and the subsequent spreading of the sand as it spews out of the truck and is raked into Petanque Courts is truly a sight to behold. This is the 12th year Quadrozzi has supplied the sand for Bastille Day.

But probably the best thing about the day is the people. The way they dress, the way they play, the team spirit, the sense of community, the good vibes. One wishes the whole world could be like this every day.


Jim said...

I want to slap the guy in the second photo who's wearing a black and white tripped shirt and a tam.

Anonymous said...

The Provence en Boite tournament is different than the main Smith St/Bar Tabac tournament. You have to register at Bar Tabac for that one....

Anonymous said...

I had no idea there were so many French people in the neighborhood now. When did that happen?