Events

Bastille Day Part 1 : Parade at Champs-Élysées

One of things that was on my bucket list was to experience Bastille Day in France and what better place to do it than in Paris? I woke up really early to get to the famous Champs-Élysées around 8.30 am so that I could find a good spot to watch the parade. After a full body pat down and throwing away my water bottle for security reasons, I was allowed in the section blocked off to watch the parade. The parade started all the way from the Arc de Triomphe and came down the avenue Champs-Élysées.

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Nothing really happened until about 10 am when the president arrived. Then there was a long speech which I understood parts of. The parade started with mounted troops followed by the tri-colour opening fly past, jets and a whole lot of military ground vehicles. It was amazing to see all the different camouflaged vehicles in the French army.

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And then finally, it was the helicopter troops to end the amazing parade.

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I am so glad I woke up early and went to see the parade as it was an experience I will never forget. The energy, the pride in the air, it was spectacular to see and feel. In the next post, I will share the evening picnic & fireworks photos.

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