Celebrating Bastille Day at Sequoia Parc - Al Fresco Holidays
Just keeping you up-to-date with what is going out out here in South East France. Bastille Day is celebrated every year on 14th July (not just here – but all over France). It is France’s national day and commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14th July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Sequoia Parc celebrated in traditional style. The day began with “La Marseillaise” (the French national anthem) resounding at the swimming pool at 11am, heralding the day’s activities. The full range of sports entertainment was held during the day. The entertainment staff had been busying themselves overnight, making and putting up decorations around the outside areas, in the French national colours of blue, white and red.
In the evening, there was a Bastille show and dance, starting at 9pm. The chairs and tables outside the bar were moved back to allow a more spacious dance floor and the several entertainment staff were on-stage leading the dancing. The dance floor was packed, mainly with children, following the lead from the staff.
At 10.45pm, there were several firework displays around the area. The one at Marennes Plage and another at ”Le Chateau” on L’Ile d’Oleron, were visible from the sports field on the campsite. Many people headed up there to watch. Others left the site earlier to gain a better view, closer to the action – they didn’t arrive back until after midnight.
The next morning was very quiet on the campsite as most slept in until late.
Watch out for 15th August , the” Feast of the Assumption” (of the Blessed Virgin Mary). This is another national holiday, usually with firework displays and various celebrations throughout the day. There can be parades of the emergency services and army vehicles if a connection can be made with this date and the liberation of the region at the end of the war. The French love to celebrate their national holidays.
Carol and Tony. (Al Fresco Reps on Sequoia Parc.)