Marigot gets ready for Bastille Day

POSTED: 07/9/13 12:05 PM

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The traditional July 14 celebrations on the French side commemorate the historic event in the French Revolution in 1789 when a crowd stormed the Bastille, a fortress in Paris that was used as a state prison. The Bastille became an icon for the French Republican movement; the fortress was later demolished and replaced by the Place de la Bastille.

On Saturday Step Up productions will kick off the celebrations in Marigot with musical entertainment by the Lolos de Marigot from noon until 4 p.m. From 7 to 11 p.m. there is musical entertainment on the kiosk with MC Shamrock.

On Sunday morning July 14 the program starts at 8 a.m. with a 6-round bicycle race that takes the cyclists from the start at the Nina Duverly school via the roundabout in Agrément and the Boulevard de France to La Samanna and then on to the Rue de la République.

At 9 a.m. there is a religious service at the Catholic Church in Marigot, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial Monument at 10.30 a.m.

Shortly afterwards, at 10.45 a.m. the 14th of July Parade will start at the waterfront in Marigot. Half an hour later officials will deliver their speeches. At 11.45 traditional candy and cake makers will be honored.

The boat race from the Bay of Marigot will start at the waterfront at 1 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m. traditional games are on the program, followed at 5 p.m.by a 6 km street race.

MC Ricky the Phox and Shamrock will provide musical and cultural entertainment at the Kiosk from 2 to 11 p.m. The fireworks, sponsored by the housing foundation Semsamar, begin at 8.30 p.m. At 9.10 p.m. the Control Band takes the stage at the taxi parking lot to kick off the 14th of July public dance.

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