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July 14, 2019 – Bastille Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to members of the Canadian French community on the occasion of Bastille Day, also known as la Fête nationale or le 14 juillet.

 

Bastille Day is the national day of France. It marks the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille, the event which sparked the beginnings of the French Revolution. On July 14th, 1789, Parisian artisans and revolutionaries gathered in front of the Bastille, a prison in the French capital of Paris widely regarded as a symbol of royal tyranny. This particular act was a culmination of growing dissent with royal authority under the reign of King Louis XVI. After a full day of fighting, revolutionaries took control of the Bastille.

 

In present day, Bastille Day is an occasion for French citizens to celebrate their unity and sovereignty.

 

In celebration of Bastille Day, a military parade is held along the Champs-Élysées in Paris, going from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Held annually since 1880, it is the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe. Bastille Day is also celebrated with fireworks, large-scale street parties, feasts and performances.

 

Toronto is a proud multicultural City that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our City flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

 

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.