East Town Association
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Milwaukee’s Bastille Days to commemorate Nice, France tragedy with moment of silence tonight, July 15

Bastille Days invites the community to gather near the festival’s main stage in Cathedral Square Park this evening at 7 p.m. to honor the victims of Nice and their loved ones.

By - Jul 15th, 2016 04:55 pm

Bastille Days invites the community to gather near the festival’s main stage in Cathedral Square Park this evening at 7 p.m. to honor the victims of Nice and their loved ones. Longtime Bastille Days partner, The Very Reverend Jeffrey Haines, pastor and rector of St. John’s Cathedral, will share his condolences.

Kim Morris, Festival Director of Bastille Days, and John Gaebler, President of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee, will also share a few remarks before the festival takes a moment of silence. The ceremony will conclude with Robin Pluer singing venerable French ballads as the Eiffel Tower lights are turned off for the remainder of the festival.

“While our thoughts are with our cultural brethren in Nice, Bastille Days remains committed to delivering a fun and safe event, and looks forward to carrying on the tradition of this revered celebration,” said Morris in a previous statement.

Festival hours are: Thursday – Saturday, July 14 – 16, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.,
with 10 a.m. breakfast on Saturday
Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Bastille Days is presented by the East Town Association, Inc., a nonprofit downtown Milwaukee business organization that has celebrated Bastille Days in Milwaukee since 1981. Proceeds from the festival are returned to the community through neighborhood improvement programs and civic events such as the popular Jazz in the Park and East Town Market. Bastille Days is free and open to the public.

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