Top Facts about Bastille Day 2015


Tomorrow will be a very special day for the French as the nation will celebrate Bastille Day. In Paris the traditional giant military parade on the Champs-Élysées will feature hundreds of soldiers marching down the prestigious avenue, as well as horses and vehicles while aircrafts and helicopters will fly following the Historical Axis of the capital.

On an earlier post we mentioned that the preparations for the military parade of Bastille Day in Paris were taking shape with the installations and facilities being set up. Tomorrow the giant parade will take place from 10.30am – or even before if you wish to see the French president driving down the Champs-Élysées.

The French army will parade down from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde (with the official gallery where the French President and dignitaries will be seated).

A Few Facts about the 2015 Military Parade:

  • The length of the parade between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde is approximately of 2.5 kms.
  • The guest of honour for the 2015 military parade is Mexico.
  • The parade will be opened by 55 aircrafts, 46 from the French Air Force, 3 from foreign AF, and 6 from the French Navy.
  • 3,501 soldiers will parade down the Champs-Élysées.
  • There will be 241 horses and 208 vehicles.
  • The parade will end with the flight of 31 helicopters from the land Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the Gendarmerie and the Sécurité Civile.

More info about Bastille Day in France…



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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. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French 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.

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