Bastille Day celebrations take over French Quarter this weekend
Shana Rose Reporting
Sunday is Bastille Day and here in the most French of cities in the United States there are a lot of festivities to mark the French National Holiday.
There are events all around the French Quarter, and Saturday it all starts with a French Dog Contest.
"I think it's only New Orleans that has a French Dog Contest for Bastille Day," says Aurelie Champvert, Executive Director of the New Orleans' French Cultural Center. She says if you don't have a French dog, just dress it up in a French costume.
Bastille Day stems from the French Revolution, but it's a festival atmosphere at the Old U.S. Mint from 3-8. "It's a fun event for us, even if the history is pretty heavy and violent, we can forget about that," says Champvert. "It's much more about just having fun. And this really is the peak event for the weekend, with food vendors, mostly French chefs. We'll have music and some kids activities and we're also going to broadcast live from Paris." And they'll be broadcasting to Paris from the French Quarter as well.
There's also the Faubourg St. John Block Party on Saturday.