Portland, July 13th  2013. It was three laps around Director Park to claim a top prizes in the waiters race, or course des garçons de caféas. Experienced waiters raced while holding a tray of glasses and tried not to spill a drop. The race was one of the highlights of Portland’s 11th Annual Bastille festivities. It was organized by the nonprofit Alliance Française de Portland and is the largest Bastille celebration on the West Coast.

The winners of the 9th Annual Waiter's Race, La Course Des Garcons De Cafe were Michael Cook from the Chart House and Kristen Samuelson from Ruth Chris

The winner of the 9th Annual Waiter’s Race in the men’s category was  Michael Cook from the Chart House and the women’s category winner was Kristen Samuelson from Ruth Chris. Each won $250.

C'est Si Bon! Crepes had the longest line of all of the food vendors.

C’est Si Bon! Crepes had the longest line of all of the food vendors.

Marie-Pierre Wolfe, Linda Witt the Executive Director of Alliance Francaise, Leslie Averill

Marie-Pierre Wolfe, Linda Witt the Executive Director of Alliance Francaise, Leslie Averill

Portlanders tried their hand at French phrases beyond Bonjour, "À cœur vaillant rien d'impossible." Nothing is impossible for a willing heart.

Portlanders tried their hand at French phrases beyond Bonjour,  like “À cœur vaillant rien d’impossible.” Nothing is impossible for a willing heart. 

Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise

almond croissant

almond croissant.

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th’s Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king’s power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.

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