July 6, 2016
Media Contact:
Coline Iovleff
Communication and Cultural Program
Alliance Française of New Orleans

Dress-Up Your Pup in the Bastille Day Dog Costume Contest

The Alliance Française, the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of France in partnership with the Louisiana SPCA and Good Dog Legacy present the 5th annual Dog Costume Contest or Concours de chiens at Bastille Day Fête.

A French Dog Costume Contest which consists of parading dogs dressed in costume. At the end of the parade they are judged and two winners are selected in two themes: Best Dressed and Most French.

WHERE: At NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art), 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124.

During Bastille Day Fête, a public festival celebrating the French National Day in the most French city in the US on Friday July 15th. The Dog Contest is from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Come early and stay late to enjoy the all festival from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Activities outside are free, entry for NOMA is only $5. (Contact us if you are press to obtain a free entrance to NOMA)

Celebrate our French heritage & donate to a good cause: the LA SPCA!

ONLINE REGISTRATION AT: by Thursday, July 14th or register in person on July 15th at NOMA from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is free to participate, but we recommend a suggested donation of $5-$15 to LA SPCA. More information about the Dog Contest and Bastille Day Fête can be found at


- 1st prize for the 2 categories: 7 days of Boarding
- 2nd prize for the 2 categories: 5 days of Boarding
- 3rd prize for the 2 categories: 1 full Grooming
- A Dogie Bag full of surprises for all the participants.
All prizes have been donated by Good Dog Legacy.

Winners will be determined by our judges, Sue Guarisco (SPCA Board Member), Preston Meche (SPCA Development Coordinator) and Michael Harold (Alliance Française Board Member).


The French National Day (Bastille Day) commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789. This event marked the first step towards bringing democracy to France. Today, on July 14, la Fête nationale is celebrated across the French-speaking world with festivals, balls, dances, parades and firework displays.

As the most French city in the US, New Orleans is proud to offer a full weekend of festivities, drawing locals and tourists alike, to neighborhoods across the city. A full calendar of events can be found at