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Photos by Gan Uyeda and Aineki Traverso

What started a few years ago as a small, French-flavored gathering at L’Enfant Café on 18th St. has grown into a full-flegded block party commemorating the 1790 Fête de la Fédération and the commencement of the modern French nation. History was on few people’s minds though, as men and women dressed as French maids competed in teams against one another in a race for bragging rights and a bar tab. Loud music, flowing drinks, party masks, and an appearance by Madame Marie Antoinette ensured this block party-cum-masquerade ball fulfilled everyone’s deepest French needs. Happy Quatorze Juillet!

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Gan Uyeda:
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