Bastille Day is the French celebration of Independence, and here in New Orleans, the most French city in the U.S., we’re celebrating all weekend long! Even certain iconic elements of New Orleans that weren’t originally French have been taken over by this heritage! One such example is the French Market, which was actually started by the Spanish in 1779. In the 1850s, however, the trading center was officially designated as the French Market as it was located in the French part of town and had become the domain of French and Creole butchers. Café du Monde, the famous hot spot for beignets and chicory flavored café au lait, is located in the French Market on the same site where these French butchers used to hawk their wares.

To celebrate our French heritage, the Bastille Day Fête 2013 will be celebrating all things French, from the silly to the serious, including a French dog contest, judging by doggie dress rather than breed, a vintage car show, French cooking demonstrations, walking tours, and, of course, the ubiquitous duo found at all New Orleans festivals: great food and great music! You can find a full schedule of events here, and if you’re interested in learning a little more about the French influence on the local population, join us for the Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour to learn all about a Creole plantation!