Alliance Française de Détroit hosts Bastille Day Event at Bayview Yacht Club

Kaitlyn Luckoff
The Detroit News

Live music performances, hors-d'oeuvres and drinks... ooh la la!

All are encouraged to join the Alliance Française de Détroit to celebrate Bastille Day at the Bayview Yacht Club on July 14.

The purchase of a $50 ticket includes two drinks, as well as an assortment of hors-d'oeuvres and French desserts from the bakery Chez Pierre et Genevieve. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening by special guest singer Nicole New and her fellow musicians at Bayview Yacht Club.

Bastille Day is honored on July 14 to commemorate the fall of Bastille in 1789. Today, this historic day is celebrated throughout the world with honorary parades and fireworks. According to David Anstett, president of Alliance Française de Détroit, the organization has celebrated Bastille Day almost every year since its inception more than 60 years ago.

 Alliance Française de Détroit board member Stephanie Potier said the fall of Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution. 

"Bastille Day is July 14th, it marks the start of the French Revolution, which brought down the monarchy in 1789 in France,'' said Potier. "The festival celebrates the time when the common people rushed a huge fortress that was called  La Bastille. It served as a prison and a symbol of the power of the monarchy. At that time, the citizens decided that they had enough of the extravagant living of the monarchy and stormed the Bastille... they freed several of the prisoners and then paraded in the streets of Paris. Although many citizens perished, it was considered a triumph and the beginning of a new way of life with freedom, equality and brotherhood.”

Alliance Française de Détroit will celebrate Bastille Day at the Bayview Yacht Club on July 14.

On the outdoor terrace, attendees will be able to play games, such as Pétanque, and admire the river. There will also be an opportunity to win door prizes and two local artists, Alex Gilford and Cara Marie Young, will be displaying their work.

Also, Anstett said that Elana Rugh, president and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, will speak at the event regarding partnerships between the organizations. He said they hope to work together to expand their communities and forge more partnerships within the broader Detroit area.

Potier works alongside other board members to create events that promote language and culture. The Alliance Française de Détroit planned this event in collaboration with Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and the French Chamber of Commerce of Michigan.

Potier echoed that the group enjoys sharing the French language and tradition as a whole with all who come to their events.

"For us, the language is alive and kicking, and we attempt to share that spirit with the rest of the population," Potier said. "We're always inviting people who are interested in learning more about the culture and the language to celebrate, participate in some events, or take a class. Alliance Française Board members strive to create events that promote language and culture in the community, across borders and beyond.  Bastille Day celebrates the spirit of freedom and equality and a sense of community. It is an invitation to connect with the francophone culture, language and heritage and of course to enjoy food, entertainment, fun and friendship!  Bienvenue tout le monde! (Everyone is welcome!)”

Bastille Day Celebration

5-9 p.m. July 14

Bayview Yacht Club: 100 Clairpointe St, Detroit 

Tickets can be purchased here.