Bastille Day New Orleans
Bastille Day NOLA celebrates the French National Day in America’s most French city! Leading up to July 14th (or en français, le quatorze juillet), the city will enjoy a wide variety of French-related events taking place throughout New Orleans. The best part? Most are free!
French culture is a rich part of New Orleans’ heritage, and to honor that heritage, an array of local organizations have come together to host something for everyone, from learning the art of French cooking, listening to French music, to the traditional waiters race and beyond!
At the heart of the week-long celebration is Bastille Day Fête, a free, public festival at the Spanish Plaza (at the Riverwalk) on Saturday, July 11th. This event is presented by the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans and the French-American Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the Consulate General of France in New Orleans.
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What is Bastille Day?
The French National Day (or Bastille Day) is to honor the Storming of the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. On July 14th 1789, an angry mob of Parisians stormed the place, symbol of the Royal authority, and took the first step bringing France toward democracy. 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.