The turning point for the people of France was the French Revolution which began on July 14, 1789. Bastille Day honors that era and is celebrated each year with spectacular style and pride much like July 4th does for Americans.
A two-day stint beginning on the Eve of July 13th is known as 'La Fête Nationale' Bastille Day and concludes into the late hours the following evening. Even though all of France joins in the celebration, only in Paris does this celebration explode.
Where the Bastille once stood, a ball is held at the Place de la Bastille to commemorate the revolution’s start on the eve. A distinctive theme is chosen for this all night affair and attendee's arrived deck-out in elaborate fancy dress each and every year.
July 14th, Parisians get the strength from the previous events arrive early to the Champ-Elysees for the grand parade.
From the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, the procession of the French Arm Forces takes place, and the cheers are deafening. Besides all the action on the ground, in unison all heads are fixated above as the French Air Force planes put on an exhibition overhead by flying in formation. The parade is finalized each and every year by the beloved Paris Fire Brigade marching.
Once night falls, everyone gathers near the Eiffel Tower in anticipation of the most glorious fireworks and laser light displays to be seen in Paris.
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posted 2013 Jul 05