Cabaret Extravaganza – Bastille Day Miami Beach
On July 14, 1789 the angry Parisians of Paris stormed the Bastille. The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon Monarchy in the late 1700s. This was the pivotal event at the beginning of the French revolution. A year later in 1790, The Fête de la Fédération was a celebration of the unity of the French nation during the French revolution. This celebration was to symbolize peace exactly a year after storming the Bastille. Today, the French celebrate this national holiday with grand military parades, colorful festivals, and high-end parties.
To commemorate Bastille Day here in Miami, Eric Even & Cyril Kadouch from the French Tuesdays group Miami hosted the Cabaret Extravaganza at the Hyde Beach / SLS Hotel South Beach. The event was on July 14, 2015 from 7 pm to 2 am. Not only did the French Tuesday’s group provide talented performances, delectable food and tasty drinks, but they were also giving away two round trip tickets to Paris, France and two cruise tickets to Bimini. Moreover, there were VIP Cabanas for those who wanted an enclosed area to celebrate with friends and close friends.
As soon as you enter the SLS Hotel, you know it will be a high-end event. The signs will show you the way to the Hyde Beach area where the celebration begins. After purchasing your ticket, French models welcome you in their native tongue. As you keep walking towards the inside area, you start to see burlesque women with their lavish feathered and beaded pieces on taking pictures with the guests. The ambiance of the event feels very European; it’s dark with red and orange lighting.
The music is modern and has everyone enjoying the French lyrics. Around 9 pm you start to see the venue getting crowded. The first band starts setting up in the stage. As you look around everyone is enjoying themselves and talking to each other – they all have a drink in their hand. It’s interesting to hear how many people are speaking in French rather than in English. Shortly after, the jazz band commence. Their music has really set the tone. Everyone is gathered around the stage listening to their soothing yet lively songs.
Although it was the French Independence Day, there were many people of different nationalities emerging themselves into the French culture and its history. David Green, an attendee at the Cabaret Extravaganza, said that they came to the event because it gave them an opportunity to network and meet new people. This event has captured the essence of this national holiday. A very sophisticated, passionate, and vibrant event portraying how the french celebrate their unity and independence back at home.