Trenton Celebrates Bastille Day

French-themed entertainment takes the stage. Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora stands on stage at far left. Photo by Sam Foxwell.
A model Eiffel Tower stands above Trenton’s Bastille Day celebration. Photo by Sam Foxwell.

The City of Trenton hosted its first Bastille Day celebration Friday evening with plenty of French-themed competitions, entertainment, and cuisine.

Known as the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day was a turning point in the French Revolution. These days, Bastille Day is a celebration of France and its culture.

The festivities included several activities such as a Waiter’s Race, with a grand prize of a 4 night hotel accommodation in Orlando or Las Vegas. Along with the Waiter’s Race, there was also a Marie Antoinette costume contest.

As the cherry on top, dogs competed for a costume contest of their own french-themed apparel. Eneida Rodriguez and her dog Stuey placed third for the competition.

Eneida Rodriguez and her dog Stuey pose for the camera after claiming third place. Photo by Sam Foxwell.

“He is very fun, so I said he can participate, of course! He didn’t hang onto the hat, but at least the glasses are holding on,” Rodriguez began. “It’s a local event and I’m from here. I’m excited, I hope they do it every year.”

Meanwhile, another local who volunteers at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Alfred DelGaudio came out just to check out the scene.

“I head the event was going to be very festive, and I decided to come by after the (Soup Kitchen) meal was over and take a look,” DelGaudio said. “I feel there’s a lot of joy here, and how can you argue against joy?”