I was fortunate enough to catch Bastille Day while visiting in Paris. It occurs on July 14th and it’s the day the Parisians celebrate their independence from the monarchy. This is the Parisian version of our 4th of July, but they go far beyond the fireworks’ display. They bring out the big guns!
The day started with the streets being blocked off. I made it to the Champs-Élysées (the main avenue leading to the Arc of Triumph) around 8 am, but unfortunately it was already packed with people waiting to see the military parade. Since I was standing behind six rows of people, I could see only bits and pieces of the marching soldiers and military vehicles. It wasn’t a good spot – so I opted for a smaller street and set up camp there. These are the some of the pictures I took while watching the Bastille Day Parade.
French Military Planes Flying in Formation
French Military Helicopters
More French Soldiers
French Army Vehicles
More French Army Vehicles
Amphibious Military Vehicle
Another French Military Band
At night, the French still bring out the traditional fireworks display we are all familiar with, so I didn’t take too many pictures after dusk. The parade ended around 1 pm and after that most people scattered. Some went out to eat, others back to the hotel, and some continued on their sight seeing. I definitely recommend booking a trip around July 14 if you’re going to Paris. While it’s true that there will be more tourists there during that time, this is a day you absolutely should not miss while in Paris – especially if you like parades. Well, I hope you enjoyed these scenes from Bastille Day!