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Bastille Day Festivities Return to UES With Can-Can Dancers and Tastings

By Shaye Weaver | July 8, 2015 8:09am
 The annual street festival begins at noon on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues.
Bastille Day On 60th Street On Sunday
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UPPER EAST SIDE — Can-can dancers and French food and wine will be taking over East 60th Street next week for its annual Bastille Day celebration.

The Bastille Day on 60th Street festival, celebrating the French Independence Day on July 14, will return with performances by French-American electro-swing band Gingoa, singer Benjamin Swax, plus wine, beer, chocolate and champagne tastings.

More than 40,000 people attended last year’s Bastille Day celebration, according to the French Institute Alliance Française, which is hosting the fete.

Festivities begin on East 60th Street from noon to 5 p.m. over a three-block stretch, from Fifth to Lexington avenues.

New activities this year include the New York City debut of Martinique’s Arpège Choir of 150 students and musicians and free screenings of award-winning French films. Cooking classes for kids will also be offered at the French Institute at 22 E. 60th St.

The festival is free and open to the public but tastings range in price. A detailed listing of the events and ticket prices can also be found on the festival’s website.

The festival will go on rain or shine.