Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2013

Bastille Day celebrations started off a day early in a big way today at Daley Plaza. A sea of Francophiles, Francophones and others came to Bastille Day Chicago 2013 to enjoy French music, food and culture - and toast Le 14 Julliet in grand style.

For my family, this was our second year at the event, and I can easily say it was even bigger and better this year. The second annual event seemed to bring out even more fun, food and families - all under the watchful eye of Picasso's famous statue.

Our afternoon festivities quickly spilled into the evening hours as we drank in the atmosphere, listened to French musical groups, chatted with friends, and watched our sons slide down Picasso's sloped steel facade again, and again, and again.

Cheers to the Bastille Day Chicago 2013 organizers for putting on another fantastic event to mark the French National Holiday and to unite the French community in the Windy City. I can't wait to see what the next year holds!

Looking for other ways to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago? Find out more about other festivities that made my list of five ways to celebrate the holiday in the Windy City.

Did you go to Bastille Day Chicago 2013? If so, what was your favorite part? How else do you plan to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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