For those not familiar with this holiday, Bastille Day is not unlike our own 4th of July: a celebration of liberty.
The Bastille was a prison fortress in Paris that was stormed by over 8,000 French citizens on July 14th, 1789, kicking off the French Revolution. Their goal was the release of hundreds of political prisoners – plus the attainment of arms stored therein.
The success of the French Revolution guaranteed commemoration of this day and Bastille Day celebrations occur in France – and across the globe – every July 14th.
Further, until 1803 and the famous Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans lay inside France’s colonial territory and, thus, Bastille Day had a very real effect on the city’s populace and history.
New Orleans Bastille Day festivities are city-wide and varied. Many, of course, occur in the French Quarter but celebrations of this French National Holiday are not restricted to one part of the city by any means!
The main event of the New Orleans Bastille Day weekend is the free, public Bastille Day Fête, held at the Spanish Plaza, located at the foot of Canal Street between the Algiers Ferry landing and the entrance to the Riverwalk Marketplace.The 2014 Bastille Day Fête will have food, drink, art, and entertainment of a decidedly French nature along with a live broadcast of the festivities in France. A “French Dog Contest” is part of the fun and participants are encouraged to deck their pooches out in Franco-regalia. There will also be face-painting, French storytelling, and other fun activities for the kiddies.
For a full schedule of events at the 2014 Bastille Day Fête, be sure to visit their website: bastilledaynola.comAs I say above, New Orleans Bastille Day festivities occur throughout the city. The Faubourg St. John neighborhood, for example, stages a sizable, annual Bastille Day celebration and, of course, the French Quarter will be hopping throughout the weekend as well. For more details on the Faubourg St. John celebration, be sure to check out the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association website.
Lodging for your 2014 New Orleans Bastille Day weekend, July 11-13
Looking for a place to stay when in New Orleans? Why not let one of our member, New Orleans bed and breakfast inns put you up in real comfort and style right here in the Big Easy? We’ll start your day off right with a wholesome, delicious breakfast, set you in the right direction for your day, and keep you warm and snug in your bed at night … or whenever you get in. Hey, it’s N’awlins!