2011 Portland’s Bastille Festival in the Pearl
"The Portland Bastille Day Committee will present the 9th Annual Bastille Day Festival at Jamison Square Park on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and for people of all ages. Bastille Day festivals – held in cities all around the world – celebrate the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789, an event which is recognized as the start of the French Revolution. The 2010 event in Portland was among the largest such festivals on the West Coast, with over 8,000 visitors and was filmed in 2008 by PBS for a documentary that was shown nationally on TV. This year’s festival will feature a variety of vendors and organizations offering French wine, cuisine, music, art and sport."