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Friday (or le quatorze juillet) marks La Fête Nationale in France. One of the stand-out events during NOLA’s edition of the holiday will run 6-9PM at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The annual Bastille Day Fête offers Francophiles the chance to toast the red, white, and blue of a different sort and laissez les bons temps rouler. 


Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, an event that ignited the French Revolution. It’s also a chance to celebrate the country’s daughter, La Nouvelle-Orléans. 


“I know how people here celebrate and party,” said Audrey Nikitine, Director of the Alliance Française of New Orleans, who will be experiencing her first fête in NOLA. “I cannot wait to enjoy this Bastille Day with a joyful twist of Louisiana.” 


The 2017 edition is presented by NOMA and the Alliance Française of New Orleans as well as the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Gulf Coast Chapter, and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. 


This year’s event will feature live music from local swing band The Bon Bon Vivant. Also on hand for the festivities will be a cooking demonstration from Café NOMA as well as guided tours of French art in the NOMA, French-themed kids’ activities, and plenty more. The party will also serve as a kick-off to a weekend of French-focused parties across the city, including wine dinner, waiter races, cultural celebrations, and concerts.


The annual fête will also offer the opportunity to bid adieu to Grégor Trumel, who will be leaving Louisiana after three years serving as the Consul General of France for the state. “This is very special and unique to celebrate Bastille Day in the ‘Frenchest' state of the USA,” said Trumel. "I am even more looking forward to enjoying the party — with art, good food, music, and 'joie de vivre.’”


Bonne Fête Nationale — vive la Louisiane et la France! 


Stay tuned for NoDef’s complete guide to Bastille Day festivities, including more parties, waiter races, food, and fun.

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