Locals celebrate Bastille Day

Bastille Day is the French equivalent of America's July 4th celebration.

The national holiday in France commemorates the storming of the notorious Bastille prison in 1798 and marks the beginning of the French Revolution.

Locally, New Rochelle has a strong French heritage since it was settled. The town was settled by refugee Huguenot seeking religious freedom in the late 17th century.

The French influence can be seen all over town with the "fleur di lis" symbol engraved on its City Hall door and on the city's seal. Many of the city's streets have French names.

Today, New Rochelle's Bastille Day festivities started with the singing of the French national anthem "La Marseilles" and the raising of France's flag by one of the city's Boy Scout troops.

City officials add that for the first time in 12 years, a small privately funded delegation will go to La Rochelle, France to re-connect with their sister city.

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