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Bastille Day 2022 at Tall Ships Festival

Bastille Day Celebration
Tall Ships Festival
Port of Cleveland
July 8-9, 2022

As Larry Miller, President, French-American Chamber Commerce (Ohio) said, it was fortunate that the Tall Ships Festival took place in between the 4th of July and Bastille Day celebrations. Not to mention during early stages of the Tour de France.

(Watch the video of my impressions of my first Tour de France exposure in a special episode of Fun with Maps.

Yannick Tagand, who was appointed Consul General of France in Chicago in September 2021 with jurisdiction for thirteen States, visited Cleveland for the celebration and to honor Cédric Le Rouge as the new Honorary Consul. On Friday July 8 the Consul General visited several local businesses and enterprises including a craft cheese store and the Cleveland Museum of Art. They also toured the future home of the French Cultural Garden on MLK. Blvd.

On Friday evening the FACC hosted a meet and greet reception at Nuevo Modern Mexican right on Lake Erie with some of the honorary consuls from other countries (Lithuania, Slovenia, etc.)

At the Tall Ships Festival on Saturday, a crowd gathered in a VIP tent to welcome the Consul General and congratulate Cédric Le Rouge. Larry Miller led off with a welcome and then a toast to the Consul General. Consul General Tagand then spoke, in English and in French, and was followed by new Honorary Consul Cédric Le Rouge who also spoke in English and in French.

Larry Miller told about plans for a French Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain and then led the singing of La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France.

I apologize for the sound quality in the video. The wind was whipping off of Lake Erie, there was no microphone and a lot of background noise from the Tall Ships Festival. But you will get the idea. It was a great weekend and we are excited about the future relations between the Consul General and Cleveland. And the continuation of the work on the French Cultural Garden.

Watch the video of the celebration.

Enjoy these images from the weekend courtesy of Larry Miller.

Consul General Yannick Tagand and Honorary Consul Cédric Le Rouge

Consul General Yannick Tagand and Honorary Consul Cédric Le Rouge


Consul General Yannick Tagand visits the Cheese Store

Consul General Yannick Tagand visits the Cheese Store


Consul General Yannick Tagand visits the Cheese Store


Friday night reception

Friday night reception with honorary consuls


Friday night reception with honorary consuls


Friday night reception with honorary consuls

Friday night reception with honorary consuls


Friday night reception with honorary consuls

Friday night reception with honorary consuls


Cédric Le Rouge, Yannick Tagand and Larry Miller (photo by Dan Hanson)

Cédric Le Rouge, Yannick Tagand and Larry Miller
at the Tall Ships Festival celebration


Some of the guests at the celebration

Some of the guests at the celebration


Some of the guests at the celebration


Some of the guests at the celebration


Yannick Tagand, Cédric Le Rouge, Dan Hanson and Larry Miller

Yannick Tagand, Cédric Le Rouge,
Dan Hanson and Larry Miller


Larry Miller and wife and group


Fireworks over Lake Erie

Fireworks over Lake Erie


Liberte, egality, fraternite shirt


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