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Carroll Garden's Bastille Day Celebration

Tuesday is Bastille Day–France’s sarcastically muttered, Veuve Clicquot and Petanque filled answer to the 4th of July. The celebration is today, though and it’s the biggest one in the US! Smith street gets covered in sand and transformed into petanque courts where old French men in berets munching on baguettes toss little metal balls at larger metal balls.

Booze purveyors line the streets, and local French Restaurants sponsor food specials in the open air.  and Ricard). Last year, people were dancing in the street, and the Blue Orchard orchestra played the jazzy tunes that made everyone feel totally Parisian.

For an added soupcon of American -ness, a totally rockin’ skateboard tournament will be held on the north end of Smith Street as well.

Head over now until late tonight for dancing, booze, food, scoping cute girls in shorts and less-cute guys in shorts while silently and smugly preferring the BBQ fireworks and beer-soaked festivities of Amurrrican Independence Day!

Smith Street at Baltic in Carroll Garden, 12PM -10 PM

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Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Like most kids, Ashley grew up in New Jersey. Unlike most kids the Friedman's televison set acted as a third parent, imbuing young Ashley with the stern moral values of Claire Huxtable, the dramatic tendencies of Brenda Walsh and the earnest hopefulness of the blond kid on Silver Spoons. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence Ashley made her way to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn where she can currently be found reading foreign fashion magazines, scouring ebay for vintage heels, eating out in restaurants and otherwise stretching her meager income as far as it will go in NYC.