Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2014 festival

Yesterday, in Chicago, the skies cleared up just in time for the blue, white and red to be rolled out in Daley Plaza for Bastille Day Chicago.

This year, the annual event was held on a Monday evening – a departure from the prime weekend day spot it's held on local Francophile and Francophone’s schedules for the past two years. But,  I’d say it drew an even bigger crowd than usual.

New this year, attendees crowded around two pétanque courts to watch novice players try their hand at playing the French game. My family anxiously awaited our turn to throw our boules to victory – against each other.

Also making its first appearance at the festival was the Waiter's Race (or La Course de Garçons de Café), which pitted waiters from local French restaurants in a race where they had to run - while balancing a tray. I give them credit for trying their best to not spill a drop of "Grand Cru" while circling the festival area - and dodging festival-goers, too.

As usual, you could follow the long lines of people to one of the two crepe stands – one savory and one sweet – that did a steady business all night long.

No matter where you were on Daley Plaza, you could hear the sounds of French music and language all around you. It was easy to relax and savor the joie de vivre – right in the heart of Chicago.

Here is a taste of the Bastille Day celebration at Chicago’s Daley Plaza:

Where did you celebrate Bastille Day? What did you do to commemorate la fete nationale? Please share your stories in the comments below.

You can find out more about other Bastille Day events here in Chicago here.

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