It’s here. Bastille Days.
We’re talking about Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations. It also happens to be Father Marquette’s favorite event of the year (I personally like Summerfest, but the guys is French or something).
The free, four-day bash has live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.
Essentially, a little France. The festival attracts thousands of visitors annually, so we sat down to chat with Father Marquette to get some insight on the bumpin’ festival.
Hello again, Father.
Yea, I meant bonjour. Anyway, tell us about the festival.
It’s a French festival down in Cathedral Square honoring the French Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1789.
Ahhhh! So the Storm the Bastille 5K run on the first night is supposed to be like the one in France so long ago?
Oui, with a lot less blood.
Uh, I’d hope. What do you recommend we do at the festival?
Eat and drink wine. So much food and plenty of wine testings.
All good things, Father. How about for the non-21 crowd?
Oh, c’est vrai. There is live music, four stages actually. There is also a Mardi Gras parade on Friday and Saturday, complete with beads.
MARDI GRAS BEADS!! NO WAY.
Now let’s talk food. What are we working with?
French classics, of course. Beignets (french doughnuts), cajun food, créme brûlée, and more. There is also other food, like cheeseburgers and tacos.
Nothing says French like cheeseburgers and tacos, am I right? This seems like a blast, Father. One final question…
I’m still not following you on social media.
Everyone else can follow me, though. Give me a shout-out on Twitter if you’re around Bastille Days. It’ll make me happy.
Bastille Days is this weekend and will go until July 13th. Be sure to stop by and have some good fun. Check out their website for more information.