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14 July 2009 : a great republican picnic

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Lunch on the Lawn

Palace of Versailles Park, near the Grand Canal, starting at 11:30 a.m.

To celebrate Bastille Day (14 July), the Palace of Versailles will be hosting a widely popular republican picnic organised along the banks of the Grand Canal. The success achieved by the event last year, drawing nearly 8,000 picnickers to the Lunch on the Lawn, has encouraged us to make it an annual get-together on this symbolic date. Following a simple dress code (white), picnickers will gather in the Grand Park of the palace near Apollo’s chariot, before sitting down around the Grand Canal.

- Farm producers from Yvelines will be presenting local products and picnickers will be able to add items to their picnic baskets.
- Brass bands will be wandering down either side of the Grand Canal bringing the tunes of major popular festivities to this event;
- A dance will be organised so that picnickers will be able to dance right through from the aperitif to the afternoon tea!
Dancing to accordion music, salsa and bossa on a wooden dance floor set up for the occasion, where all the oompah-pah of Bastille Day will come together!
- Cockades, chocolates, brown-sugar biscuits and other goodies, will be distributed to visitors
There will be Grandes Eaux Musicales in the gardens (admission fee) on Bastille Day. The Palace of Versailles and the Estate of Marie Antoinette will also be open to the public.
Friendliness, conversations, new and surprising encounters will make this event a real holiday memory!

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