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Event Pick: Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

July 06, 2010 by in Journalism, Philadelphia Weekly

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Philadelphia Weekly, July 6, 2010

So exchange rates got the better of your Parisian vacation, and all your plans for revolution have fizzled. Instead of drowning your sorrows in croissants and Godard, join Philadelphia’s sans-culottes and displaced Francophiles in an uprising against Bourbon tyranny and ridiculous wigs in Fairmount’s annual Bastille Day celebration. First build your esprit du corps with French cuisine and crafts supplied by local restaurants and shops, then watch as musket-toting revolutionaries storm the walls of the Bastille (played by Eastern State Penitentiary) to capture a TastyKake-hurling Marie Antoinette and drag her to the guillotine. Regicide is a possibility, but this commemoration of the French Revolution is more Monty Python than Intro to Western Civilization, and more likely to end in champagne at a bar than in a Reign of Terror. At least here there’s no Robespierre… and everyone accepts American dollars. -Lauren Smith

2pm (storming at 5:30). Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2124 Fairmount Ave.  215.236.5111. easternstate.org

 Photo by Ben Mason on Flickr.

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