Say 'au revoir' to Bastille Day festivities at Eastern State Penitentiary

This year is your last chance to shout, 'Let them eat Tastykake!'

John McDevitt
June 07, 2018 - 2:54 pm
Bastille Day / Eastern State Penitentiary

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After more than two decades, this year's Bastille Day celebration in Fairmount will be the last. 

Marie Antoinette will yell "Let them eat Tastykake!" and throw krimpets into crowds of people for the last time on July 14.

The zany drag cabaret re-enactment of the Storming of the Bastille outside the castle-like facade of Eastern State Penitentiary has been taking place for 23 years.

Eastern State Senior Vice President Sean Kelley said resources and money for the event will be redirected to prison reform programming at the historic site.

"Our new mission statement now says that we will interpret the legacy of American criminal justice reform from the nations founding through today here in the long abandoned cell blocks of the nation's most important prison," he said.

For more on what the expect on the final Bastille Day 2018: The Farewell Tour, click here.