Bastille Day


  • A couple dances to jazz band Continental Graffiti during the fifteenth annual Bastille Day celebration at the French Legation Museum Saturday evening. France’s national holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, signifying the start of the French Revolution. (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Jim Maxwell, a graduate coordinator for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UT, juggles with members of the Texas Juggling Society during the fifteenth annual Bastille Day Festival at the French Legation Museum Saturday evening.   (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Chari Kelly, a UT Law School adjunct professor, holds her miniature poodle Snickerdoodle, who was selected as the official 2010 Austin Bastille Day Poodle during the Austin Museum of Art’s Bastille Day Parade. (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Ed Priest, who has been a member of the Alliance Francaise d’Austin since 2001, plays Pétanque about three days a week. The game originated in southern France. “Everybody says ‘Why don’t you play golf?’ And I say, ‘Why play golf when I can buy a good pair of boules and with a bottle of wine I can go play Pétanque.” (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Mary Autrey, a member of the South Austin Art Coop, makes bowls out of recycled paper, varnish and paint which takes about two days to complete. (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Mete and Melis Bayrak, Paulo Hernandez and Thomas Dessureault play Pétanque during the Alliance Française d’Austin’s Bastille Day celebration. French-originated Pétanque is a game for all ages and is similar to horseshoes and ‘bocce,’ an Italian bowling game. (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Continental Graffiti plays jazz music during the Bastille Day celebration beneath red, white and blue lights with a view of Austin’s downtown skyline. (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)