From the Fleur-de-lis to Creole cooking and New Orleans’ motto, “Laissez les bon temps roules,” French influence in New Orleans is present on every street (quite literally). Since New Orleans is always ready to party, it seems only right to celebrate one of France’s most important national holidays, Bastille day in America’s most French city.
The celebration of Bastille Day with a New Orleans twist will begin at 6 p.m. with live music and dancing from Bon Bon Vivant. Bon Bon Vivant, which means “sweet living” in French, is a self-proclaimed “indie gypsy” swing band whose songs “The Jazz Axe Man” and “Saints and Sinners” celebrate New Orleans’ twisted history.
There will be gallery tours of NOMA, French cooking demonstrations, film screenings, kids activities and food from Café NOMA, Boucherie, Café Dégas, Crêpes a la Cart and Frencheeze.
In true New Orleans fashion a bar with a variety of French wines.
Roux La La, a spunky, glittery, New Orleans-based female dance troupe, will take the stage at 8 p.m.
The event is free to NOMA members, teens and children 6 and under. General admission is $5.
The complete schedule can be found here.
Bastille Day Fête is sponsored by the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, Consulate General of France in Louisiana, French-American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter, New Orleans Museum of Art and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
And of course, laissez les bons temps rouler!