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Bastille Day Fête in New Orleans
July 14-15, 2017

Event DetailsWhen: July 14-15, 2017
Where: Citywide
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Bastille Day
Bastille Day
Bastille Day
Photos by Frank Stansbury

Named the third best Bastille Day celebration in the world by Reuters.com, Bastille Day Fête celebrates the French National Day in America’s most French city. Now in its sixth year, the celebration will be bringing even more of its French flair to the people of New Orleans. On July 14, from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., you can immerse yourself in the French culture of New Orleans at New Orleans Museum of Art.. Admission is $5 and open to the public for outdoor activities and free for all NOMA members and children 6 and under.

History

On July 14, 1789 more than 8,000 men and women stormed a prison fortress in Paris known as the Bastille, demanding the release of the political prisoners being held there, plus the prison's store of weapons. The storming of the Bastille was the spark that set off the French Revolution, an event that had a significant impact not only on France itself but its colonies and former colonies as well, including New Orleans.

Arising from the tumult and chaos of the French Revolution was a young, ambitious general named Napoleon Bonaparte. In order to help finance his wars in Europe Napoleon sold off his country's largest North American colony in what became known as the Louisiana Purchase. With that 1803 transaction, New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana – plus a vast swath of land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains – became part of the United States.

The Fête

Bastille Day is commemorated throughout New Orleans, but the main festival takes place at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Enjoy live music, food and drinks to toast the memorable occasion. This is a family-oriented event with fun things for the kids, including French-themed arts and crafts, a puppet show, and more.

The occasion is also typically celebrated the following day with a block party in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon in the city’s historic Faubourg St. John neighborhood, adjacent to Esplanade Avenue. Festivities will include food, music, children’s activities, and an art market. Parents can have a drink to toast the occasion in this historically French Creole neighborhood.

2017 festival highlights will include:

  • An exciting line-up of local musicians
  • Tours of the museum highlighting French works of art
  • French cooking demonstration by Café NOMA
  • French inspired kids’ activities

Other Bastille Day Festivities

Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party
Saturday, July 15, 4:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Celebrate Bastille Day in the original neighborhood of the French Creole aristocracy with Faubourg St. John’s annual block party! There will be food, music, kids’ activities, and an art market. Plus – you can win a prize for the best costume as Marie Antoinette or Napoleon!

About the Alliance Française of New Orleans

The Alliance Française of New Orleans is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1984 and incorporated in the State of Louisiana. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the French language and Francophone cultures, and to encourage friendship and collaboration with the French-speaking world. The Alliance Française offers French language courses, language certifications, cultural activities and online resources to the local community.

About the Consulate General of France in Louisiana

The Consulate General of France in Louisiana was founded in 1803, following the sale of the Louisiana territory to the United States by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is oldest French consulate in the United States. The Consulate’s principal missions include: consular assistance to the French community in Louisiana; support of French language educational programs; development of French cultural initiatives; facilitation of economic exchange between France and Louisiana. The Consul General of France in Louisiana, Mr. Grégor Trumel, is the Consulate’s chief of mission.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce – Gulf Coast

The French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter, is an independent non-profit private organization dedicated to promoting and developing trade and investment between France and the Gulf Coast. The Chamber is one of 19 chapters of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States of America.

For more information on citywide Bastille Day events visit www.bastilledaynola.com.

 
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