Bastille Day Fête 2015 : In The News! [fr]
From July 10 to July 14, the city of New Orleans celebrated the French National Day in one of the largest festivals celebrating Bastille Day outside of France!.
On July 11, the Alliance Française of New Orleans, the Consulate General of France, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation hosted Bastille Day Fête, a free, public festival at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza.
This year included an exceptional line-up of local performers, included Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, T’Monde, and the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band. Guests also enjoyed fireboat tours and a water show on the river presented by the Port of New Orleans.
Read more about the event at Nola.com here.
In the afternoon, the Bastille Day Dog Costume Contest returned as a yearly crowd favorite. You can see more photos and learn more about this year’s “Best Dressed” champion pup, Tarzan, and his owner, Julie Wiener, at Nola.com.
Other attractions included French-themed kids’ activities, a Bastille Day themed photo booth, and French-themed cuisine from popular local hotspots, including: Antoine’s; Crêpes à la Cart; Café Degas; Breads on Oak; St. James Cheese Factory; and Petite Rouge Coffee Truck!
Following the Bastille Day Fête, the Consul General of France, Grégor Trumel, presented the Regatta Cup to the winners of New Orleans Yacht Club’s Bastille Day Regatta! The Regatta Cup, a gift of former Consul General of France Didier Destremau in 1989, was a long tradition for the NOYC in the years before Katrina. The Consulate General of France was proud to return this year, to present the sterling silver Regatta Cup at the event for the first time since the Storm.
On July 14, the Consul General participated at the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Statue of Joan of Arc on Decatur Street. Watch a brief news report from WDSU.
On the evening of July 14, the Consulate General of France welcomed its major partners and sponsors to a private reception celebrating the French National Day at Antoine’s Restaurant.