Top Reasons to Celebrate French Culture on Bastille Day Fête in New Orleans

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SALUTE LOUISIANA’S FRENCH HERITAGE THIS BASTILLE DAY WITH FOOD, DRINKS, AND LIVE MUSIC AT ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF NEW ORLEANS

Baguettes, berets, and Cognac are a few of New Orleanians’ favorite French things. On Bastille Day, Francophiles from near and far gather at Alliance Française of New Orleans. Visitors can honor one of the many cultures responsible for New Orleans’ elaborate flair. Spend the evening eating, drinking, and celebrating the je ne sais quoi of France this July.

The History of Bastille Day Fête

The celebratory day of French heritage started in 1880 when Benjamin Raspail appointed July 14, Bastille Day Fête. The national holiday originates from the Storming of Bastille on July 14, a key event during the French Revolution of 1789. Today, Bastille Day Fête is an international toast to the unity of the French people and the excellence of French culture.

How to Celebrate Bastille Day Fête in New Orleans

In New Orleans’ Garden District lies the hub for learning the French language, cooking French dishes, and tapping into French culture. Alliance Française of New Orleans organizes a rain-or-shine festival commemorating Bastille Day Fête every year.

Guests can browse vendors’ offerings along the neighborhood streets — indulge in crepes, watch live musicians, and participate in auctions. The family-friendly festival offers various activities for children in the kid’s area.

This year, the festival will offer free drink tickets to those who adorn themselves in stereotypical French garb. To qualify, attendees’ outfits must include more than one French accessory, such as a la marinière top and a beret. Some attendees go over the top, dressing in elaborate Victorian-era dresses and wigs.

Alliance Française of New Orleans’ Bastille Day Fête will occur at 1519 Jackson Avenue on July 14. Live music will follow shortly after the doors open and continue until the festival’s end.

The Legacy of Alliance Française of New Orleans

Since 1984 the Alliance Française of New Orleans has played an essential role in French language and culture education in the Crescent City. The organization has roots in the world’s largest network of French language centers.

Alliance Française of New Orleans promises to “Teach French, celebrate French-speaking cultures, and nourish Louisiana heritage and its future.”

In addition to Bastille Day Fête, Alliance Française of New Orleans hosts various cultural events like film screenings, book clubs, and conversation hours.

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