2016 Bastille Day Parade
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Last Updated: 29 June 2023

Here are a few facts about the 2016 Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Élysées that will take place on July 14.

🎦 Watch our short video on the origins and traditions of Bastille Day:



2016 Bastille Day parade

The 2016 Bastille Day parade will start around 10 am at the top of the Champs-Élysées at the Arc de Triomphe. From 10.10 am, the French President will be driven down the prestigious avenue to his tribune on the Place de la Concorde.

The official opening of the military parade will happen at 10.30 am. At 10.45 am, the air parade will fly past the presidential tribune from La Défense and towards the Paris City Hall.


Facts and figures about the 2016 Bastille Day military parade:

  • 58 aircraft, 29 helicopters, 3,239 soldiers walking down the Champs-Élysées, 241 horses, and 212 vehicles.
  • The guests of honour in 2016 were Australia and New Zealand. The Aussie and Kiwi troops will be part of the military parade to commemorate their participation in the Battle of the Somme during the First World War 100 years ago.

The parade will end at 11.53 am, and the President will leave at 12 pm.


Paris, as you have never seen it (and never will!)

This awesome onboard video provides a breathtaking view of Paris along the Historical Axis. You will recognise the Défense business district, Neuilly, Porte Maillot, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre and Paris City-Hall.

The Patrouille de France is the French acrobatic patrol part of the French Air Force. It has been the world’s oldest aerobatic flight display team since 1931. Its base is situated in Salon-de-Provence. The Patrouille de France will leave a plume of blue, white and red smoke in the sky of Paris.

The aerobatics team will form the shape of the Eiffel Tower to promote Paris’ bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.


Read more about the traditions of Bastille Day in France.

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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