Jul 142017

A series of costumes mimicking – and poking fun at – outfits of French aristocracy in the 1780s.

The sixth annual Bastille Day Fete drew hundreds of people to the New Orleans Museum of Art – some even in costume – to celebrate joie de vivre, NOLA style.

Live music from Bon Bon Vivant echoed through NOMA as partiers danced, grabbed a drink or studied one of the many exhibits scattered throughout the building. Two food tents were stationed outside to offer guests French cuisine – including crepes – and the auditorium screened French children’s movies throughout the night.

The annual celebration 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.

If you missed Friday’s event, don’t fret! Faubourg St. John hosts a yearly block party to celebrate the spark of the French Revolution. That event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon – the original home of French Creole aristocracy.

Bon Bon Vivant plays as couples dance along inside the New Orleans Museum of Art.

While some people livened up their outfits with colors of the French flag, others sported elaborate costumes to celebrate Bastille Day Fete.

Hundreds of people braved the summer heat to celebrate Bastille Day Fete at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Nicki Sturgill and Melanie Spencer went all out for Bastille Day.

The shindig offered several activities for children, including film screenings and balloon animals from Napoleon Bonaparte himself.

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