Bastille Day in Louisiana 2018 [fr]

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What is Bastille Day?

The French National Day (Bastille Day) commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789. This event marked the first step towards bringing democracy to France. Moves to write a constitution for the new republic led to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 26 August 1789, the precursor to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. Today, on July 14, la Fête nationale is celebrated across the French-speaking world most commonly with the “bal des pompiers” (“Firemen’s ball”), a celebration of music, dancing in the streets, parades and firework displays.

Greater New Orleans

French Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Followed by lunch at Commander’s Palace
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Holy Name of Jesus Church is celebrating Bastille Day with a Mass on Sunday, July 8th. This Mass celebrates New Orleans’ and Louisiana’s French Heritage. Bilingual Mass booklets “en Français” and in English will be provided.
Those would like to attend the lunch should contact Louis Koerner’s office at (504) 581-9569.

Bastille Day Mass
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
1307 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans
12:30pm, Sunday, July 8th 2018
Free

Edgar Degas 184th Birthday Bastille Day Celebration

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Join the Degas House for a Bastille Day celebration honoring Edgar Degas’ 184th Birthday! The free and open to the public party will take place at the Degas House, the New Orleans home of the French Impressionist artist. The celebration will include remarks by Consul General of France, Vincent Sciama, a champagne toast, live entertainment, passed hors d’œuvres, a cash bar and gourmet birthday cake in honor of Edgar Degas.

Edgar Degas 184th Birthday Bastille Day Celebration
Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans
5:30-8:30pm, Thursday, July 12th 2018
Donations Encouraged

Bastille Day Fête

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This year, activities will once again take place indoors on the first and second floors of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Kids activities such as “Art on the Spot” and The French Library pop-up shop begin at 5pm, and families are more than welcome to come early. The remaining program beginning at 6pm will include live music and dancing with local swing band Bon Bon Vivant, a cooking demonstration by Chris Montero, Executive Chef and Culinary Curator of Café NOMA and Napoleon House, a presentation and book signing with Cheryl Wakerhauser, pastry chef and author of Modern French Pastry, guided gallery tours, and more! Food by Boucherie, Crêpes à la Cart, Café Degas, and Frencheez will be available outdoors, and Café NOMA will be open for dinner service throughout the evening.

Bastille Day Fête
The New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Diboll Circle, New Orleans
5-9pm, Friday July 13th 2018
General Admission: $5

Council of French Societies Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

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The official wreath laying ceremony with the Consul Général of France and officers of the New Orleans City Council to commemorate the French National Holiday at the Joan of Arc statue in the French Market. La Marseillaise will be sung by Givonna Joseph.
There will be refreshments available for attendees.

Official Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Statue of Joan of Arc, French Market, New Orleans
10am, Saturday, July 14th 2018
Free

Bastille Day Regatta

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The annual New Orleans Yacht Club Bastille Day Regatta begins with breakfast served at 9am and a first start at 10:30am. The awards ceremony will take place in the afternoon, followed by live music and a French cheese, pâté, and wine tasting reception from 3-5pm, in the presence of the Consul general of France in Louisiana, Mr. Vincent Sciama. On this occasion, the PT-305 boat from the National WWII Museum will be at the club.

Bastille Day Regatta
The New Orleans Yacht Club, 403 N Roadway St, New Orleans
10am - 6pm, Saturday July 14th 2018
$20 for wine tasting

Bastille Day Celebration at Faubourg St. John

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Celebrate Bastille Day in the original neighborhood of the French Creole aristocracy. The 2018 Faubourg St. John Bastille Day celebration will be on Saturday, July 14, 2018, between 4:30 PM and 9:30 PM with food, music, children’s activities, and an art market. Entertainment by Harmonouche with Raphael Bas and Crooked Vines. Cynthia Scott will sing her powerful rendition of La Marseillaise. Ukulele Jake will play the tunes we all know and love and dance to. Costume Contest with a prize awarded for the best Napoleon or Marie Antoinette costume! Meet, Eat, Drink, and Dance in the street! Everyone is welcome.
Participants include: 1000 Figs, Cafe Degas, Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, Fairgrounds Coffee House, French American Chamber of Commerce Gulf Coast Chapter, Liuzza’s by the Track, Nonna Mia, Lola’s, Pal’s Lounge, Santa Fe, Swirl Wines and Toast Cafe.

Bastille Day Celebration at Faubourg St. John
3100 block Ponce de Leon, between North Lopez and Esplanade, New Orleans
4:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday July 14th 2018
Free

Grand Krewe Bastille Day Anniversary Party

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Grand Krewe Wine Shoppe celebrates Bastille Day and its 3rd anniversary with live music by Kevin Gullage, sparkling wine tasting and small bites with the Merry Antoinettes, and door prizes.

Grand Krewe Bastille Day Anniversary Party
2305 Decatur Street, New Orleans
5:30-8:00pm, Saturday July 14th 2018
Free

Bastille Day Bartenders & Waiters Race

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Since 2010, The French Market has hosted the Bartender and Waiters race as a celebration of the local hospitality industry and Bastille Day. The race is open to all New Orleans area working bartenders and waiters, who can win cash & gift prizes for participating in this short but intense balance and speed “skill test” under the watchful eyes of volunteers, with French costumed characters and the general public cheering them on. Participants must speed walk (no running is allowed) for approximately 2 blocks without spilling any food or drink from their carefully configured race trays.

Bastille Day Bartenders & Waiters Race
Corner of Barracks & French Market Place, New Orleans
3:00-5:00pm, Sunday July 15 2018
Free

Lafayette

La Fête Nationale: A Bastille Day Celebration

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Celebrate Louisiana’s francophone heritage with La Fête Nationale: A Bastille Day Celebration in conjunction with Artwalk! Bring your family and friends to the 200 and 300 block of Jefferson Street and enjoy arts, crafts, and musical performances by Dylan Leblanc & The Pollies, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, and Jace Goulas & The Aucoin Family Band. Galleries, museums, and shops downtown will be open welcoming guests to view and purchase work by local and regional artists
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with Lafayette’s Happiest Hour, presented by DTA! and sponsored by the Greenroom.

La Fête Nationale: A Bastille Day Celebration
Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana
5:00-8:30pm, Saturday July 14th 2018
Free

Last modified on 09/07/2018

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