La Ginguette
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La Ginguette

La Ginguette

The most often suggested entymology refers to "guinguet", which was a sour wine producted by the winegrowers of Paris area .

The "guinguette" was an establishment where common people could drink,eat and dance on celebration days.

The "guinguettes" were booming in the 18 century. Paris  had an important population growth at that time . Besides the urbanization of the capital city, the "guinguettes" seem to have moved outside Paris to avoid paying the taxes on goods and food.


The development of the means of conveyance, in particular the railway allowed the Parisians to go outside the capital more easily.In 1906, the laws about the Sunday rest allowed a more important population of employees and workmen to accede to leisure . 

Dozens of "guinguettes" appeared on the banks of the river Seine and Marne . People drank, ate , danced and sang, very happy to be together . The "guinguettes" brought boaters and rowing lovers . But the greatest attraction of the "guinguettes" was dance . Waltz, polka, mazurka, Scottish dances replaced the traditional dances . Accordion music, tango and swing music appeared later . 

At the end of the 19 century Nogent sur Marne welcomed a lot of Italian immigrants who brought with them the "fisarmonica": the accordion . This instrument grew on in all the "guinguettes", at "Mimi la Sardine" as well as at "petit Robinson " in Joinville le Pont .

Merci Elodie J pour la traduction de ce texte.

Photographs courtesy of Phil R, Bob G and Adrian T.

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