A Downtown group's effort to throw a Bastille Day Block Party scheduled for Sunday, July 13, has been cancelled "due to circumstances beyond our control," said Kate Braband, public relations officer for the host organization, Downtown's Alliance Franaise de Minneapolis/St. Paul, 113 N. 1st St.
"A partnership with a local vendor fell through," Braband said. "We're not disclosing any more than that."
The Alliance's Braband insisted that the cancellation has nothing to do with American hostility to France over the Iraqi War. "We're a non-political, non-religiously affiliated organization," Braband said.
Coincidentally, officials of Caf Barbette -- located at 1600 W. Lake St., where the Alliance party was to take place -- announced June 27 that they would stage their own Bastille Day party, 2-10 p.m. on July 13.
The Barbette party will feature nine local bands, including Faux Jean, All the Pretty Horses, Revolver Modele and Bleeding Hickies.
Bastille Day celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison by French citizens on July 14, 1789, symbolizing the end of the French monarchy and the start of a republic.
The Alliance presented a block party a few years ago and recently held an art fair and a bazaar for its annual Bastille Day parties. A silent auction was planned this year to support the Alliance.
Alliance Franaise seeks to promote the French language and culture through social events, information resources, classes and programs. Braband said the Alliance will work to host an undetermined event for next year's Bastille Day.