French festival kicks off this weekend in New Orleans

[New Orleans, LA]- The annual Fête Française, a celebration of French culture and influence in New Orleans, will hold its 18th anniversary celebration this weekend. The festival will take place at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a private French school located on General Pershing Street. Admission into the festival is free, and it runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 25.

Fête Française offers a variety of activities including musical performances, local vendors and an auction. The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Thibault and The Avalon Jazz Band are among the festival’s featured performers. Vendors that will be offering food, drink and goods include: The St. James Cheese Company, Cochon, Lilette, NOLA Couture, Peaches Records and La Riviére Confiserie. Some items up for bid at the auction are artwork, spa packages and a cruise.

“We want people to feel like they’re coming to France and getting a taste of it,” said Andrew Lapeyre, a Board of Directors member at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans.

Fête Française is Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans’ largest fundraiser, with all money raised during the festival being used to support the school. Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans opened its in 1998 and provides a language-enriched learning environment for its students. The school offers education ranging from 18 months all the way to 8th grade.

Verónica Martínezdela-Vega gushed about the school’s impact on her children.

“This is the best school my children have attended,” said Martínezdela-Vega. “Their teachers were amazing; the community of this school is very open and supportive.”

For more information on Fête Française or Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, please visit or call (504) 896-4500.

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