June 27, 2017
The annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary will be on Saturday, July 15, the day after France celebrates its national holiday.
The Bearded Ladies' free theatrical show, which takes place outside the historic prison on Fairmount Avenue, is a playful reenactment of the lead up to Marie Antoinette's beheading.
They sing. They dance. And they throw 2,000 Tastykakes off the top of the Penitentiary.
The Bearded Ladies call the show "both intellectual and accessible, entertaining and meaningful, stupid good and just plain stupid."
While the cabaret troupe's show covers historical events, the script always includes present-day commentary, too. This year, the performance will touch on Philly public school education, the American Healthcare Act, racial injustice, alternative facts, the travel ban and the border wall.
Never been and not sure what to expect? Imagine a 6-foot French baguette, confetti cannons, stilt walkers, a real and functioning guillotine, an appearance by Joan of Arc and plenty of colorful costumes.
New this year, Tastykake is offering a few lucky "Kake catchers" the opportunity to win Tastykake-themed prizes, along with a $500 cash prize.
A select bunch of the Tastykake Krimpets and pies that are thrown into the crowd will be marked with a special sticker, encouraging the lucky recipient to head to the on-site Tastykake truck to collect their winnings.
The free performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. If standing in a crowd isn't your thing, VIP tickets are available for purchase. Included in the $40 fee is reserved seating, Kronenbourg 1664 beer, other refreshments and goodie bags.
Below are some photos from past Bastille Day celebrations in Fairmount.
Saturday, July 15
5:30 p.m. | Free to attend
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave.