Niki Doucet

Jenna Breaux


Bastille Day


            Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14.  The storming of the Bastille occurred because common people decided to break away from the monarchy.  On June 20, 1789, the deputies of the Third Estate, who represented the common people, took the Tennis Court Oath swearing they would not separate until a constitution had been established.  To show their support the people of Paris stormed the Bastille.  The Bastille was a prison which held people who were jailed because their writings displeased the royal government.  Their were only seven inmates in the prison at the time.  Marquis de Sade was the inmate who is believed to have started the assault.  He had said that there were people being executed.  Bastille Day symbolizes the overthrowing of the old government and the beginning of the French Republic. 

            Bastille Day in Kaplan was started by Eugene Eleazar.  The first Bastille Day in Kaplan was on July 14, 1907.  Bastille Dayís name was changed to Farmerís Day in the 1960s and it was changed back to Bastille Day in the 1970s.  this was when the street fairs started.  The parades at first consisted of five to six cars.  There was a pageant where a queen and her court was picked.  There were many different games.  There were children and adult sack races.  There were watermelon eating contest.  There was also bike riding contest.  People could participate in a greasy pole climbing contest.  There was even live music.  At night they would have a fais-do-do where people could go and dance.