Bastille Day 2014 in Brooklyn

On Sunday July 13, 2014, for the 4th year, Bastille Day was celebrated in Brooklyn in a grand manner. 2 blocks of Smith Street are closed to traffic and the pavement covered with a layer of sand to provide a proper surface for games of pétanque – you don’t want the metal balls rolling into the gutter. As a few T-shirts proclaimed “IT’S NOT BOCCE” although there are similarities and both games are of Mediterranean origin. Pétanque is more static and therefore more compatible with social drinking which was well demonstrated. Ricard – always served with water – is practically the official drink of the game and was not lacking. On a smaller scale but played with equal enthusiasm table football AKA table soccer, foosball, fussball or futbalito was also in evidence. Clearly, there is more to French culture than La Fayette and freedom fries.