Monday, July 19, 2010

Off With Their Heads! A Soulard Bastille Day Photo Essay

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM

The King and Queen (Don and Jeanne Kirby) stood trial for high treason and public drunkenness. - PHOTOS BY KEEGAN HAMILTON
  • Photos by Keegan Hamilton
  • The King and Queen (Don and Jeanne Kirby) stood trial for high treason and public drunkenness.
Exactly 220 years ago this past Wednesday, the French Revolution culminated with the decapitation of King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. The occasion, known as Bastille Day, is a national holiday in France. In Soulard -- which literally translates to "Drunkard" in French -- it's just another excuse to parade through the streets and wear silly wigs.

Here's a few photos that epitomize the mood during the parade that rolled down Russell Blvd and into Soulard Market Park Friday evening.

The parade kicked off in front of Nadine's Gin Joint on 12th and Tucker
  • The parade kicked off in front of Nadine's Gin Joint on 12th and Tucker

Commoners can be so crass.
  • Commoners can be so crass.

Drum lines were HUGE in the late 18th century
  • Drum lines were HUGE in the late 18th century

King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette stopped their carriage at several bars along the way.
  • King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette stopped their carriage at several bars along the way.

La princesse -- c'est mignon
  • La princesse -- c'est mignon

This horse's ass belong's to France
  • This horse's ass belong's to France


The moment of truth.
  • The moment of truth.

Nothing like a good decapitation to get the weekend started
  • Nothing like a good decapitation to get the weekend started

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