Another Fourth of July has come and gone, and we as a nation have once again successfully celebrated our love of freedom and hot dogs, so why not keep the party going by joining our French brethren's independence festivities at Bastille Day Los Angeles? Bastille Day marks the July 14, 1789, start of the French Revolution, wherein fed-up peasants told the monarchy to go eff themselves. In honor of that historic date, the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles presents an all-day outdoor extravaganza with beaucoup food, entertainment, raffles and contests. Win a trip to Paris? Bien sur! Waiter race? Oui, oui! Pétanque tournament? … Qu'est-ce que c'est? (Something to do with balls and feet. Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Tahitian dancers, portrait painters and street performers, too. Warning: There may be mimes.

Sun., July 12, 12-10 p.m., 2009

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