Pétanque Fever Invades New York on Sunday June 23, 2013
On Sunday June 23rd, 2013, the Consulate General of France in New York will hold “A Sunday in Marseille”, a Block-Party honoring Pétanque, a passion shared by many French people, together with a growing number of Americans.
Pétanque is a typical boules game from Provence, particularly appreciated over summer vacations. The game is traditionally played on hard dirt or gravel. The players are gathered in two teams and must throw metal balls as close as possible to the cochonnet, a small wooden ball.
From 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., the 74th street block between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue will be closed, in order to host a Pétanque tournament in the pure Marseille tradition. For this event, twenty teams of three are in competition. The winning team will receive six XL Airways plane tickets from New York to Marseille. Besides the tournament, three pétanque fields, stands from the Provence region, live music, and lots of other surprises are open to the public.
“A Sunday in Marseille” is an initiative by the Consulate General of France in New York, organized in cooperation with Accueil New York and sponsored by XL Airways, Flyprovence.com, Ricard, and Lillet.