History of France
Bastille Day

What happens on Bastille Day?

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2012-07-21 21:51:12

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The Bastille Day Military Parade (or 14 July Military Parade,

translation of the French name Défilé militaire du 14

juillet) is a French military parade held each year in Paris,

in the morning of the 14th of July.

The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc

de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde where the

Président de la République, his government and foreign

ambassadors in France stand. This is a popular event in France,

broadcasted on French TV, and is the largest military parade in

Europe to take place regularly. Some years, guest foreign troops

take part in the parade, or foreign statesmen attend it.

Smaller military parades are held in other large French cities

with local troops

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I believe the people of France have a parade; hang flags out and

celebrate by eating and drinking.

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Most cities and villages organize some kind of ball, traditionally

called "le bal des pompiers" (the firemen's ball). There is also

frequently a communal meal, and the night ends with the most

important display of fireworks of the year, together with New

Year's Eve's fireworks.

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