Bastille Day

Get ready for July 14

Get ready for another French celebration – as the Revolution that signified the end of the Monarchy back in 1789 is remembered up and down the country on Bastille Day – an annual event that takes place on July 14th! There will be major events for the whole family to enjoy, so this is a chance to get into the spirit of the biggest party of the year. Here are some essential historic facts you need to know.

  • The Bastille was a prison that represented the absolute power of the Monarch and symbolised a corrupt government.
  • In 1789 The Bastille held seven influential prisoners.
  • On July 14 an angry group of Parisians stormed the prison.
  • King Louis XVI and his wife Marie ‘let them eat cake’ Antoinette, went into hiding at Versailles.
  • The peasants in the city went wild, burning and pillaging houses and destroying symbols of the aristocracy.
  • This symbolised the beginning of the French Revolution.
  • To the French, this date represents the downfall of the Monarchy and recognised that power could be held by ordinary citizens, not by the king or God!

You can expect a Parisian lockdown on Saturday as the French get into action. There will be a grand military parade on the Champs-Elysees which will start at 10am  and go on until midday.  Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower is probably the most loved moment of the festivities and you can expect thousands of people to be surrounding the monument. The fireworks can be watched from the Champs de Mars or the Trocadero from 11pm in the evening. It lasts for 30 minutes and it’s pretty spectacular.

Bastille Day

You can also dance away with the local firefighters at the annual fireman’s ball! A tradition that has taken place in the city for many years on Bastille Day. Open to the public for the next few evenings (13/14 July) find your local fire station info and details here.

For the 6th consecutive year, the Orchestre National de France and the Choeur de Radio France will give a big concert of operatic works at the foot of the Eiffel Tower starring the greatest international artists. This free, quality event in an amazing setting starting at 9.30pm.

As you would expect, given the times we are living in, security has been ramped up around the event. 12,000 police officers and 3,000  rescue workers are being deployed all over the city. However, there will be an additional 4,000 police officers at the Eiffel Tower where 90,000 fans are expected on Sunday to watch the World Cup final.

So with the revolution being celebrated and France competing in the World Cup final, you can expect the red, white and blue colours of the  French Flag to be absolutely everywhere on Saturday & Sunday! If you want to find out more, your best bet is to look at the information available on this Paris Tourist website.

Up the Revolution! Enjoy Bastille Day!

Bon chance Les Bleus! 🇫🇷

Love MLP x

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