Bastille Day military parade

The Bastille Day military parade, also known as the 14 July military parade, translation of the French name of Défilé militaire du 14 juillet, is a French military parade that has been held on the morning of 14 July each year in Paris since 1880, almost without exception. The parade passes down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées from Place Charles de Gaulle, centred around the Arc de Triomphe, to the Place de la Concorde, where the President stands, along with members of the Government, figures from the legislative branch, the Mayor of Paris, as well as foreign ambassadors to France.

Bastille Day military parade
The parade on the Champs-Élysées
Official nameDéfilé du 14 juillet
Observed by France
CelebrationsMilitary parade
Date14 July
Next time14 July 2023 (2023-07-14)
Related toBastille Day

It is a popular event in France, broadcast live on television; it is also one of the oldest regular military parades in the world.[1] In some years, invited detachments of foreign troops take part in the parade and foreign statesmen attend as guests. Smaller military parades are held in French garrison cities, most notably Marseille, Toulon, Brest, Rochefort and Belfort.

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