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New Rochelle has a special connection to France; our community was founded by French Huguenots seeking religious freedom and, indeed, named after the Huguenot city of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast.  So while most of America pretty much ignores Bastille Day, here in New Rochelle, it’s a thing.

On Bastille Day itself — this Saturday, July 14th — the downtown farmers market at Library Green will feature a French theme: berets and red balloons, crafts and temporary tattoos, musical performances, even a can-can performance, plus the usual tasty treats.  There’s more in this flyer.

The day before, on Friday, July 13th, New Rochelle’s Sister City Committee will host a raising of the French flag at City Hall, as we officially commemorate our trans-Atlantic links.

Vive La France!