Soulard Bastille Weekend – Bastille Day July 17th


Parade and Beheading

Saturday, July 17

Soulard celebrates our unique French heritage with a return to Bastille Day, honoring the peasants who rejected the monarchy by “gathering the mob.” The walking parade is part of the neighborhood’s Bastille Weekend 2021 celebration.

The parade begins 4pm on Saturday, July 17 at the Cat’s Meow (2600 S 11th). Volunteers will be on hand to help with staging. Our royalty (Russ and Janet French) will lead the parade in their carriage, followed by Funky Butt Brass Band, walking participants and then golf carts. There will be a police escort to ensure parade route safety.

The parade will make multiple stops at neighborhood bars and restaurants before ending at Pontiac Square Park (approx. 6pm) for a proclamation and “beheading.” 

  • Cat’s Meow
  • Boo Coo
  • Big Daddy’s
  • Jack Nolen’s
  • D’s Place
  • Hammerstone’s
  • Henry’s
  • 1860’s
  • Chava’s / The Wood Shack
  • Great Grizzly
  • Duke’s
  • Bastille

Note: if you purchase Bastille Weekend: Sample Soulard Sunday tickets (Sunday, July 18), you can pick up your tickets and special BASTILLE WEEKEND MUG at the Cat’s Meow / during the parade on Saturday. Look for the SBA golf cart! Details:  

Soulard has been celebrating Bastille Day since 1987 (and possibly even before). A huge thanks to all the volunteers and participants – past and present – for highlighting the neighborhood’s unique French heritage.