With the 4th of July in the rearview mirror it’s time to move onto–well, anything that’s a good excuse to drink and be merry. And this time, we have the French to thank. This Sunday, July 18th, French nationals and thirsty Brooklynites alike will be storming Smith Street in Carroll Gardens to celebrate Bastille Day (normally July 14th, but that’s not convenient this year, so get over it.)
Massive truckloads of sand are brought in for an 80-team, battle-royale “pétanque” tournament, which is basically like bocce except with a slightly more snooty name. This is the largest tournament of its kind in the U.S, so it’s not one to miss. Merguez sausages will pair with pastis and Lillet to flavor the day, but libations of all sorts are sure to be available.
Festivities start at 11am and run through 10pm. Bar Tabac (128 Smith Street) and Robin des Bois (195 Smith Street) will be leading the the Francophile ranks, so make sure to get out and enjoy the revelry. Just don’t lose your head, Pierre!
What: Smith Street Bastille Day Celebration
When: Sunday, July 18th, 11am – 10pm
Where: Smith Street, Carroll Gardens