OK, so it was aproximately 321 meters shorter than the real thing in Paris. But, for something built by six-graders, it wasn't bad -- and it helped contribute some extra magic to the excitement at La Fete de Marquette over the weekend at Madison's Central Park-to-be. The slightly belated Bastille Day celebration featured good vibes, good food, crafts and some great music -- including Kekele, the all-star rumba band from the Congo we were lucky enough to hear Saturday night.
The event was also interesting in its "get them to come, and we'll build it later" approach to building buy-in and support for the proposed 17-acre near east side park and its $24-million fundraising campaign. Great idea.