The most important holiday in Paris is their National Day, Bastille Day which is celebrated every year on July 14th. It was July 14th, 1789 when the Bastille was stormed but the day actually commemorates July 14th, 1790 when there was a huge feast and official event to celebrate the establishment of the constitutional monarchy in France and consolidation of France. The monarchy did not last long as soon Napoleon came along and proclaimed himself the absolute ruler of France – basically a dictatorship. The day is marked by a huge military parade down the Champs-Élysées which goes for most of the morning. It ends with a fly over by planes trailing red, white and blue, the French national colours. Spectacular display of military hardware and huge crowds. One of the interesting things I saw were the snipers dressed in black strategically placed on rooftops along the route looking for anything suspicious – the World we live in, I guess.
The evening highlight is the fireworks and concert at the Eiffel Tower, again attended by huge crowds
Again, the photos and videos do the day more justice than anything I can write, so enjoy.
Bastille Day in Paris, July 14th, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Paris, Île-de-France, France