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Bastille Day on Smith Street

This Sunday brought the sand to the street for the annual Bastille Day Pétanque Tournament. Aided by their Lillet- and Ricard-sponsored white hats and accompanying libations, participants braved the potent July heat for a chance at silver-boule’d glory.

For the uninitiated, pétanque is a French version of bocce played on a sand court with metallic boules – check out a how-to video here. One slightly inebriated participant, Matias Chiota, described pétanque as “the hottest game in the universe.”

More pictures after the jump.

Local businesses and Francophone suppliers from points further afield took advantage of the street closure to promote special sales and French food items. Homage, Smith Street’s skate shop, also played host for their 4th Annual Skate Tournament.

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Members of the New York Pétanque Club

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