Monte Carlo Legends
In late November 2017, Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Maguy Maccario Doyle, welcomed a delegation from the New Orleans Tricentennial commission to the Principality in preparation for Monaco’s participation in the Tricentennial celebrations in 2018. Headed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the delegation’s visit included a welcome dinner with local officials, meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, the Monaco Economic Board, and a stop by the Casino de Monte-Carlo’s Jazz Festival. The delegation’s visit culminated with lunch at Palais Princier deMonaco - the Prince's Palace of Monaco - in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The links between the Principality and New Orleans date back to 1857 with the birth - at 900 rue Royale/Royal Street - of Marie Alice Heine who married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889, thus becoming Princess Alice of Monaco, the first American-born Princess of Monaco – more than a half a century before the beautiful American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in 1956.
In February 2018 Les Ballets de Monte Carlo will perform “Romeo and Juliette” at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, presented by NOBA (New Orleans Ballet Association). In related events to mark the friendly ties between New Orleans and Monaco, a series of exhibitions and activities will be held in the city in the lead up to the ballet troupe’s tour, including an exhibition, MONTE-CARLO LEGENDS featuring a photographic tribute of black and white vintage stills featuring iconic personalities from the past who have helped write the Monte-Carlo story and shaped its enduring appeal…