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Bastille Day Fest for NOLA

Bastille Day celebration at Spanish Plaza in NOLA on July 13, 2014 establishing a new family day tradition.
Bastille Day celebration at Spanish Plaza in NOLA on July 13, 2014 establishing a new family day tradition.Derek Rose

Another summer family day festival in New Orleans at Plaza de Espana, or Spanish Plaza just seemed right for the city on a beautiful hot Saturday afternoon. Celebrating Bastille Day (Fête nationale) on the river adjacent to the newly revived Riverwalk Outlet Center drew a great crowd with French Foods, drinks, and deserts available for the occasion. The music was also a natural highlight featuring Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, with some very inspirational children performers singing French celebratory songs for official remembrance marking the historic day of French culture.
The Plaza was filled with fest patrons taking in the music and participating in amusements which included bull riding, mechanical bull that is, an intense trampoline experience, demonstrations, explanations of French treats, and young stilt walkers were among all adding to the European like carnival atmosphere. There was something to enjoy for all ages including costumed French women in period wear and wigs reflecting July 14, 1789 the day of origin for the French National Holiday. Many of the people attending were also in costume in celebration and for some of the events held earlier in the day. A mock running of the bulls and a wait persons’ race with tray in tow was another yearly event which really start this Bastille Day tradition in the city to grow to what was experienced Sunday. Any single event can seem to grow into a festival in NOLA!
There was also a visit from a port fireboat spouting water in the sky in spectacular view of the Mississippi River with ship and tugboat traffic as the backdrop. It was a beautiful day in the Plaza and it was a family day for all to remember. It is events like this Bastille Day celebration which objectifies New Orleans as the fun and exciting city it is. The Fest was free and appears to have a bright future ahead in the coming years. If you did not have the opportunity to be there, mark the Saturday preceding July 14th for one of your must experience 2015 events in the city.

Spanish Plaza NOLA Scene of Bastille Day Festival
Spanish Plaza NOLA Scene of Bastille Day FestivalDerek Rose