Today is officially Bastille Day in France but Maison Harlem helped start the party a day earlier in Harlem this past Sunday. The uptown event was the first time Harlem has had an outdoor Bastille Day celebration and Sugar Hill Market was on hand to help out with the festivities. Some early morning showers quickly disappeared by the time the party started and the restaurant was packed throughout the day. Shoppers which consisted of young families, Harlem bohemians and curious couples lined the streets by midday and were able to meet directly with the local vendors. Part of the proceeds went to The Global Language project which helps with bi-lingual education in low-income neighborhoods and Harlem really came out to show support even though the weather was spotty at times. There was also live French Jazz and a petanque field which was quite popular with the many kids that showed up.
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