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Honoring Our French Roots: Bastille Day Celebrations in New Orleans

Celebrate our French roots with some uniquely New Orleanian fun this Bastille Day.

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Bastille Day in New Orleans takes place at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019 (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

New Orleans’ French roots run deep here in the “Most French of American Cities,” which means that we don’t just let a day like Bastille Day, the French equivalent of our Fourth of July, slip by without some serious celebrating.

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Bastille Day Fête (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Bastille Day in New Orleans

*Due to the threat of severe weather, the events below have been cancelled.

French celebrations take over the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park for Friday Nights at NOMA: French Fête on Friday, July 12 from 5-9 p.m. This family-friendly event will include music from local artists, a 6 p.m. cooking demonstration from Chris Montero, Culinary Curator at Café NOMA and Executive Chef of Napoleon House, and more.

On Saturday, July 13, there will be a Bastille Day Block Party located at the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street, between North Lopez Street and Esplanade Avenue. Presented by the Faubourg St. John Merchants’ Association, the block party will include food and beverage for sale along with an arts market. There will be two bands and a costume contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume. The block party is from 4:45 to 9:45 p.m.

Enjoy a Bastille Day Soirée at Couvant on Sunday, July 14. For $96, guests can enjoy free flowing Möet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne and French 75 cocktails. There will be a live oyster shucking, an array of sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, and more. The event is from 1-4 p.m.

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