On Sunday July 14, 2019, the traditional parade will start at 10 a.m. on the Champs Elysées. This historical event is the occasion to celebrate French nation and the different protective armies protecting us. This year, soliders highlight the fact theyr "Protect together" and present drones, robots and other innovations used in the army.
Each July 14, on Bastille Day, the same thing happens. The day starts early for soldiers, and for good reason! The traditional Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysées! This is the occasion to discover this 2-hour show gathering 66 plantes and 36 helicopters, 196 vehicles, 4.212 men and women parading and 200 riders of the Garde Républicaine in Paris!
For this parade, traffic will be forbidden from 6:30 a.m. on a large perimeter going from Porte Maillot to Bastille! Yes, yes, a very large forbidden area! Traffic should gradually resume throughout the day.
This year, over 125 Parisians can attend the event from the bleachers. Seats are opened to people owning the Carte Citoyen-Citoyenne de Paris. They will be seated in the Mairie de Paris bleachers, down the road, close to the presidential benches.
Bastille Day, July 14, 2019 program:
- 9:40 a.m.: Troop review by the general officers commanding the foot and motorized parades
- 10 a.m.: Arrival of the President of the Republic, Avenue de Friedland
- 10:15 a.m.: Tribute to the President
The President of the Republic will be paid respect on the Place de la Concorde by Prime Minister M. Edouard Philippe, Minister of the Armies Mrs Florence Parly, Minister of the Armies' Secretary of State Mrs Geneviève Darrieussecq and President's Chief of Staff admiral Bernard Rogel.
- 10:20: Opening entertainment
In 2019, the entertainment will highlight "the defence innovation" for 13 minutes. Drones, robots, exoskeletons. It will "allow to show all the employment environments of these innovations".
- 10:35 a.m.: Air show
This air show will be commanded by Air Vice-Marshal Vincent Cousin, air defence and operations deputy commander. 305m high, 67 engines will cover over 7km from La Défense, including 8 foreign aircrafts participating in the European safety and the Chammal operation.
As usual, the Patrouille de France will open the show, this year in Big Nine formation.
- 10:45 a.m.: Honored troops parade
July 14, 2019's parade will honor Japan and the Republic of Singapore, as well as soliders from the Operation Irma sent in the West Indies after the Irma hurricane that devastated the French islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy in the night from September 5 to 6, 2017.
- 11 a.m.: Parade of the troops on foot
4.212 men and women will march, including pupils from the National military schools, members of the force, land forces, navy, army health department, cyberdefense, national police and firefighters.
- 11:25 a.m.: Helicopter parade
The helicopter parade includes 39 crafts.
- 11:30 a.m.: Motorized troop parade
Over 220 vehicles including motorbikes will be presented in front of the President of the Republic.
- 11:40 a.m.: Mounted parade
Over 250 horses will parade in Paris, including the band of the Republican Gard cavalry regiment.
- 11:45 a.m.: Closing music entertainment
The final entertainment pays tribute to the wounded in the armies as well as the services supporting them on their recovery, from the wound to the resume of their work. The flag will be carried by 3 residents from the Invalides and 3 soldiers wounded in recent foreign operations.
- Entre terre et Mer, arranged by Vincent Pages, performed by the 52 musicians of the Paris fire department (BSPP) and sung by the choir including 40 student-officer from the Ecole Militaire Interarmes (EMIA)
- Ô douce France by Jean-Edmond Lamaze, by the EMIA choir
- Backdraft by Hans Zimmer, performed by the BSPP and the EMIA choir
- Eté 42 by Michel Legrand, performed by the BSPP and the EMIA choir
- La Marseillaise, by the EMIA choir and the choirs of 10 schools with music performed by the BSPP.
- 12 p.m.: President of the Republic leaves
And in 2019, you can meet the soldiers after the parade 2019. Starting from 2 p.m., head to the Esplanade des Invalides where soldiers will introduce you to their daily lives, a wonderful operation to discover, in a laid-back way, the men and women taking part in today's defense, to talk with them about their jobs and missions. On the occasion, a blood drive will take place until 6 p.m. at the Hotel national des Invalides.
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Last updated on 3 July 2019