Bastille Days Festival celebrates 33rd year of French flair

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by Marshanna Hester

MILWUAKEE-- Milwaukee's summer festival season moves from the Lakefront to East Town this weekend with a celebration of everythng French.

Thousands will flock to Cathedral Square Park for the 33rd Annual Bastille Days.

Organizers say this is one of the largest celebrations of French culture on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Festival goers can endulge foods served by 25 local eateries, taste French wines and enjoy lots of entertainment.

Features include live music, stilt walkers, belly dancers and cancan performances.

The big event opening night is the 5k run/3-mile walk known as Storm the Bastille.

About 5,000 people will flood the streets of downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward to commemorate the historic attack of the Bastille prison in Paris.

Bastille Days is free and open to the public.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-Midnight; Saturday: 10 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information visit, www.BastilleDaysFestival.com.

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