2022

Cajun-Acadian World War II Commemoration at the National World War II Museum, April 26, 2022

Antonio Genao, Consul General of the Dominican Republic, Alexandra Mora, Honorary Consul of Switzerland, Nathalie Beras, Consul General of France, Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada, Patricia Denechaud, Honorary Consul of Canada, Philip Lorio, Honorary Consul General of Austria (Retired), Walter Wolf, Honorary Consul of Latvia, Bret Clesi, Dean of the Louisiana Consular Corps and Honorary Consul General of Albania
Antonio Genao, Consul General of the Dominican Republic, Alexandra Mora, Honorary Consul of Switzerland, Nathalie Beras, Consul General of France, Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada, Patricia Denechaud, Honorary Consul of Canada, Philip Lorio, Honorary Consul General of Austria (Retired), Walter Wolf, Honorary Consul of Latvia, Bret Clesi, Dean of the Louisiana Consular Corps and Honorary Consul General of Albania

On February 28, 2022, Lundi Gras, Dean Bret Clesi and the Consular Corps greeted Rex, King of Carnival, on the Mississippi Riverfront in New Orleans.

Dean Bret Clesi greeting Rex on behalf of the Consular Corps at 2022 Lundi Gras celebration
Dean Bret Clesi greeting Rex on behalf of the Consular Corps at 2022 Lundi Gras celebration
Honorary Consul of Brazil David Schulingkamp with senior USMC officers at 2022 Rex Lundi Gras celebration
Honorary Consul of Brazil David Schulingkamp with senior USMC officers at 2022 Rex Lundi Gras celebration
Dean Bret Clesi with Mark Romig, MC of Rex 2022 Lundi Gras celebration at Spanish Plaza
Dean Bret Clesi with Mark Romig, MC of Rex 2022 Lundi Gras celebration at Spanish Plaza

In the context of the French Presidency of the European Union Council, Deputy Ambassador Michael Curtis was invited to Louisiana by the French Consul General Nathalie Beras from February 9 to February 13

During his visit, he met Consular Corps members, the Port of New Orleans and local business leaders to discuss climate change, infrastructure, and foreign relations. He also joined conversations at Xavier University and at the WWII Museum with Duke University students, he also enjoyed a visit at the Jazz Museum. The Deputy Ambassador also visited with Senator Bill Cassidy in Baton Rouge and toured the Water Institute with US Representative Garret Graves.
The Embassy of Sweden concluded a very successful week of meetings with Mayors, the Louisiana Governor’s office and Swedish business leaders in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
 
The visit started off in New Orleans and the delegation from the Embassy of Sweden met with Mayor LaToya Cantrell to discuss sustainable climate solutions and many other exciting initiatives coming out of the city of New Orleans. They also had the opportunity to meet Tulane University students, local business leaders and consular corps members.

2021

The Louisiana Consular Corps’s 2021 Christmas Party was held on December 21st at the Uptown home of Honorary Consul of Monaco and Mrs. Calvin Clifford Fayard, Jr.  Of the 25 Consuls, Honorary Consuls, and spouses in attendance, pictured are the Honorary Consul of Great Britain E. Quinn Peeper, and the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands and Secretary of the Consular Corps Deirdre McGlinchey.  Guests were entertained by a local musician and feted with great regional seafood and other local specialties.  All present also celebrated Frances Fayard’s birthday which was the same day.  The Consular Corps’s 2022 Christmas Party will be hosted by the Honorary Consul of Brazil David Paul Schulingkamp at his newly restored 1790s French Quarter home.

On December 20, 2021, Japanese Consul-General Fukushima Kayoko (pictured) visited Honorary Consul Donna Fraiche (pictured) on the Consul-General’s farewell tour of her territory (AK, KY, LA, MS, and TN).  The Consul-General will return to Tokyo shortly and then will be re-assigned to another foreign post.  The Consul-General was accompanied by her Research Advisor, Naoe Soma (not pictured).  Both Consul-General Kayoko and Advisor Soma are clearly very close to Donna and their admiration for and gratitude to Donna were very obvious to me.  Donna invited me (pictured) to join her and her Japanese guests at the Sazerac Bar and we discussed New Orleans and Japanese history and customs, the origins of the Sazerac and of the Ramos Gin Fizz, amongst other existential issues.  Not that this is a big surprise to any of us, but I continue to be blown away by the great acclaim Donna has earned in the Japanese and legal (and wine) communities. 

The Louisiana Consular Corps enjoyed Oktoberfest at The Deutsches Haus! The opening was well attended, and Mayor Cantrell, Lt. Gov Nungesser, and Susanne Veters Cooper, the Honorary Consul of Germany, performed the traditional 'tapping of the keg.' The visit by The Budweiser Clydesdales was an exciting sight for all, young and old.

On October 12th, Bret Clesi the Dean of the Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Albania, hosted an impromptu lunch meeting with Rosine Pema Sanga, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s Director for International Relations to discuss the City’s 2022 INTERNATIONAL WEEK proposed for next May. It’s a priority for the Cantrell administration to make sure our city is a welcoming city through cultural experiences. Honorary Consul of Japan and Treasurer of the Consular Corps Donna Fraiche discussed the upcoming Japana America Society awards. Honorary Consul of Sweden and Consular Corps Executive Committee Member Cecilia Kjellgren discussed a proposed Sister City agreement with Stockholm, Sweden. Honorary Consul of Finland Philip Claverie attended the meeting as well to coordinate the upcoming visit of Finland’s Consul General in the U.S. with Mayor Cantrell.

Tour of the Four Season Hotel on October 14th as the Consular Corps considers a new location for future Louisiana Consular Corps monthly meetings and for the revival of the Consular Corps Ball next Spring.

Bret Clesi, Dean of the Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Albania and the Honorary Consul of Canada Pat Denechaud in front of the Four Seasons Hotel's lobby bar, The Chandelier Bar.
Bret Clesi, Dean of the Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Albania and the Honorary Consul of Canada Pat Denechaud in front of the Four Seasons Hotel's lobby bar, The Chandelier Bar.
Honorary Consul of Canada Pat Denechaud and Four Seasons Hotel Director of Events Geena Urbina standing in front of The Plimsoll Ballroom, reminiscent of former World Trade Center building's The Plimsoll Club.
Honorary Consul of Canada Pat Denechaud and Four Seasons Hotel Director of Events Geena Urbina standing in front of The Plimsoll Ballroom, reminiscent of former World Trade Center building's The Plimsoll Club.
(from left to right) Panamanian Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara, Louisiana Consular Dean and Honorary Consul General of Albania Bret Clesi, Patrice Clesi, Panamanian Consul General in New Orleans Estefania Cheng P., and Yelsica H. Caballero, Panamanian Coordinator of Mission.

Dinner for Panamanian Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara, Yelsica H. Caballero & Panamanian Consul General Estefania Cheng P., New Orleans, Fri., October 1st, 2021 

The Panamanian mission visited New Orleans late last week  to promote the Panamanian Specialty Coffee Association Expo at the Convention Center.  In addition to Ambassador Vergara and Miss Caballero, other members of the Panamanian trade missions included Mr. Wilford Lamastus representing the President of the Panamanian Specialty Coffee Association, Ms. Grethel Mendez, the Café Gallardo and winner of the 1st Place Prize at the exhibition, Mr. Ivan Gonzalez Amar, the representative of Bambito Estate Coffee and winner of the 2ndPlace Prize, and Mr. Graciano Cruz, representing Empresa Hiu Coffee.  The Honorable  Consul General Estefania Cheng was the hostess of the Panamanian delegation for the week.

(from left to right) Panamanian Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara, Louisiana Consular Dean and Honorary Consul General of Albania Bret Clesi, Patrice Clesi, Panamanian Consul General in New Orleans Estefania Cheng P., and Yelsica H. Caballero, Panamanian Coordinator of Mission.

Louisiana Consular Corps farewell to French Consul; others welcome new British Honorary Consul

“It was such an honor to be a part of the re-signing of the France-Louisiana Accords this morning in our beautiful Louisiana State Museum – The Cabildo. This renewal for the 2020 – 2024 term continues the working relationship between Louisiana and France to provide educational opportunities for our students in the French language 🇫🇷

For over 40 years, this partnership has allowed teachers from France to come to Louisiana and share their expertise with our students.
 
The French language is a very important part of our heritage, so it is crucial we keep this beautiful part of our culture alive. We are so grateful for this partnership and the endless opportunities it provides to Louisiana! 🇫🇷🖊🇺🇸” – Billy Nungesser Lt. Governor of Louisiana, February 22, 2021

2020

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Dean Vincent Sciama, Consul General of France and Vice Dean Bret Clesi, Honorary Consul of Albania presented Mr. Greg Fiern, CEO of LCM with a donation in the amount of $2,500 as a token of appreciation of their hard work during the pandemic.
On Thursday, August 27, 2020 Dean Vincent Sciama, Consul General of France, Vice Dean Bret Clesi, Honorary Consul of Albania, and Hon. William Hines, Honorary Consul of Portugal presented Mr. Warner Thomas, CEO of Ochsner Health System with a $2,500 donation as a token of appreciation of their hard work during the pandemic.
Governor Edwards and Dean Vincent Sciama at the Inaugural Ceremony
Governor Edwards and Dean Vincent Sciama at the Inaugural Ceremony
Robert Romero (The Philippines), Brig. Gen. John D. Dunlap, and Bret Clesi at this year's Rex Lundi Gras celebration.
Robert Romero (The Philippines), Brig. Gen. John D. Dunlap, and Bret Clesi at this year's Rex Lundi Gras celebration.
Bret Clesi toasting Rex at the Lundi Gras celebration this year. Other Consular Corps Members in attendance were Cecilia Kjellgren (Sweden), Robert Romero (The Philippines), and David Schulingkamp (Brazil). My thanks to Cecelia, Robert, and David for joining me there to represent the Consular Corps at this very public and important event in New Orleans.
Bret Clesi toasting Rex at the Lundi Gras celebration this year. Other Consular Corps Members in attendance were Cecilia Kjellgren (Sweden), Robert Romero (The Philippines), and David Schulingkamp (Brazil). My thanks to Cecelia, Robert, and David for joining me there to represent the Consular Corps at this very public and important event in New Orleans.

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Louisiana Consular Corps Holiday Party

King and Queen of Spain Visit New Orleans, June 18, 2018

2018 New Orleans Tricentennial

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October - World Trade Center of New Orleans Gala

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