Jul 142017

Celebrate joie de vivre with two Bastille Day celebrations around Mid-City this weekend.

The first, tonight at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is presented by the Alliance Française of New Orleans, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter, and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The celebration provides an opportunity for French and American families to celebrate France’s national holiday and the strong French heritage of Louisiana.

The party – which takes place all indoors – includes music and dancing with the local Bon Bon Vivant swing band, a cooking demonstration by Café NOMA, guided gallery visits of the French collections, numerous French-themed children’s activities and more. The event will also be an opportunity to say farewell to Consul General Grégor Trumel, who will leave his post in New Orleans this summer after three years of service.

Bastille Day Fete is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with a full schedule available at the museum’s website. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for others.

The second party, on Saturday, is presented by Faubourg St. John and includes food, music, children’s activities, and an art market. There will also be a contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume.

The celebration kicks off at 4:30 and runs until 9:45 p.m. with food from Cafe Degas, 1000 Figs, Crackburger and more. The High Plains Drifters and Ukelele Jake are slated to perform, and there will be face painting and a kids art area. The celebration is centered in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon.

For more information on Saturday’s shindig, visit Faubourg St. John’s website.

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