Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bastille Day in Atlanta

 So the celebrations are just getting underway in Atlanta.  Tonight I had the opportunity to celebrate at the French Consul General’s Bastille Day reception.  The event was a glorious mix of young and old, French and non-French speakers, French nationals, representatives of many French-speaking countries along with individuals who simply love the French culture.
The event was great for meeting new people and for learning a bit about relationships between the U.S. and France.   As the short program kicked off I have to admit that I was a bit teary-eyed listening to a vocalist sing the U.S. national anthem to a silent crowd.  
 There was a slight pause before the Star Spangled Banner was followed by the French National Anthem.  
The crowd burst into song filling the lobby of the building with music and pride.  A very beautiful moment.
Following this presentation the Consul General Spoke to an attentive audience detailing some of the many relationships between the U.S. and France.
Our Consul General will soon be leaving Atlanta for a new assignment and he will be missed but tonight I was proud to be a part of a celebration that brought together such a diverse crowd to celebrate.
 Next weekend the Alliance Française d'Atlanta will be holding their Bastille Day celebration - a roof-top bash - I can't wait!   Party on . . . Vive la France!
Today I’m joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday and I hope you will stop by to see what other bloggers are up to.


  1. Sounds like fun, Cheryl! Back in France there are fireworks tonight in every little village! Sigh! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  2. Cheryl, there is always a fun and festive celebration here in Austin at the French Legation, but I missed it this year. Thanks for sharing this event in Atlanta. Vive la France!

  3. We sat on our friends' terrace and watched the fireworks from Butchart Garden this evening - it was beautiful!

  4. Neat post. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Sounds like a fun time. Good friendships need to be celebrated.

  6. How wonderful and so much fun. Thanks for sharing this very festive event, Jojo.....Christine