Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Enjoying the Bastille Day Celebration in Piermont, NY

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Bastille Day Celebration yesterday in Piermont.

Even as we approached the celebration itself in the center of town, French flags were everywhere, and a mini Eiffel Tower, a realistic-looking (but fake) guillotine, and a venerable Citroën DS “Déesse” were the centerpieces of a celebration.

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“Bleu, blanc, et rouge” and other signs of France were to be seen everywhere, and many participants and visitors, outdoor restaurant tables and their centerpieces, and even the drums in the band tent, were dressed in the colors of France.

One display featured pictures of everyday objects and their names in French, and another had a centerpiece of Veuve Clicquot boxes, a mini Eiffel Tower, and a French flag.

The excellent Piermont Historical Society exhibit on the ties between France and the United States, dating back to the role of the Marquis de Lafayette in our American Revolution was further enhanced by the narrative given by an articulate and well-informed speaker dressed in a revolutionary-era uniform.

In addition to vendors, artists, and even a “Promenade des Arts,” a band playing at either end of the celebration created a fun atmosphere for all

The setting, on the beautiful Hudson River just a few miles north of New York City, and a cloudless blue sky, only added to the enjoyment of the event.

Many thanks to the Piermont Chamber of Commerce and other organizers, the participants, and all those who attended in recognition of the long-standing relationship between the United States and France, and between the French and the Americans.


One response to “Enjoying the Bastille Day Celebration in Piermont, NY

  1. Laura Straus July 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you so much for covering the Bastille Day event. We posted your article on our FB page.
    Merci! from the Piermont Chamber of Commerce

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