Bastille Day Fête a Great Success [fr]
This year, the annual Bastille Day Fête welcomed over 2000 visitors to celebrate French culture and heritage in Louisiana at the New Orleans Museum of Art!
Before the festival opened to the public, The Consul General of France hosted a patron party in the Contemporary Art Gallery of NOMA. Refreshments were provided Café NOMA and Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café with Chef René Bajeux. Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen and Bayou Rum provided cocktails, and Pommery Champagne was offered to guests upon arrival.
Downstairs, the festival began at 6pm with live music and dancing with local swing band The Bon Bon Vivants and Can Can performances by Trixie Minx and Friends. Guests could enjoy two guided tours of NOMA’s collection of French art, participate in French-themed art activities, watch a selection of French short films, or simply absorb the festive atmosphere.
During his remarks, Consul General Grégor Trumel reflected on his work during his three-year tenure in Louisiana, and emphasized the importance of French-US friendship: "France and the United States are more than allies, they are friends, ready to protect and preserve democracy and security all around the world."
As his last Bastille Day Fête as Consul General of France in Louisiana, Mr. Trumel took the opportunity to say "au revoir" to the francophone community, and implored all present to "keep learning and speaking French to preserve and promote your unique cultural heritage, because with its bilingual cultural Louisiana is even more a global player, to celebrate the Tricentennial of New Orleans with passion, and to keep loving your unique, world-class city and state, as they are treasures to cherish."
Un grand merci to the Bastille Day Fête partners: the Alliance Française of New Orleans, the French American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.
And of course, this festival would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: The City of New Orleans, France-Amérique Magazine, Nola Family, Picardie Timber-Frame, New Orleans Magazine (Renaissance Publishing), L’Union Française, Total, Cox, the Gambit, La Rivière Confiserie, Transdev, the Committee of 100, Bayou Rum, Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café, and Cognac Bache-Gabrielsen.