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Multicultural Festival

Bastille Day Fête in New Orleans
July 14, 2017

Event DetailsWhen: July 14, 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, 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 FREE and open to the public for outdoor activities and $5 for activities inside NOMA. Admission is free for all NOMA members.


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 Festival

Bastille Day is commemorated throughout New Orleans, but the mail 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 arts and crafts and games.

The occasion is also celebrated with a block arty 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
  • French and English tours of the museum
  • French cooking demonstration in Café NOMA
  • French inspired kids’ activities in partnership with the brand-new bookstore, The French Library
  • Mini French language lessons by Alliance Française teachers
  • A spectacular light show finale on NOMA’s building
  • French food vendors

Don’t forget to check out Bastille Day’s website to see a full list of festivities in New Orleans from partners across the Crescent City.


Bastille Day Dog Contest

Dress your pup in its finest French attire for a chance to win this adorable competition! Head to the front of NOMA at 5 p.m. to participate. A portion of the proceeds benefit the LA SPCA, and prizes include boarding and grooming from Good Dog Legacy.

Costume Contest

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to wear their best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costumes for the chance to win prizes at the festival.

Bastille Day Fête is presented in partnership by the Alliance Française, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce (Gulf Coast Chapter), the New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.

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

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