Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down! The official schedule for July 14, 2012. National Day in France.
I took this photo this morning. Do you notice anything different about the Eiffel Tower?
Take a closer look. Those of you who have an acute sense of observation and were alive in the 1970s and early 80s will probably recognize that big sphere as a disco ball. That's right! Paris is getting ready to boogie down to the tunes of "It's Raining Men", "YMCA" and "I Will Survive" when it celebrates National Day on July 14. Put on your platform shoes, bell bottoms and tank tops and join the fun at the Champs de Mars.
Here's the official schedule, compliments of the Tourist Information Center:
Military Parade, Champs Elysées, 9:00 am
9:00 am: Organization and inspection of the troops10:00 am: Arrival of the President of the Republic (François Hollande)
10:40 am: Opening flypast, troops parade
11:40 am: Closing flypast
During the afternoon, the units will meet the Parisians at 11 locations, including Invalides and Nation.
Lunch on the grass, Palace of Versailles, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Huge picnic on the banks of the Grand Canal. Free entrance, no booking required.
Dress code: white. Edit: The picnic at Versailles has been cancelled due to the bad weather!
Fireworks, Eiffel Tower, 10:45 pm (30 minutes)
Theme: "Disco Years" (70s-80s). Click here to see the official playlist.
In the fire stations, nights of the 13th and 14th from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am.
According to this post by Paris Museums, "the firefighters will host this event with DJs (and some of the pompiers even do Full Monty-style stripping)." When I left a comment expressing my disbelief, Andrew responded, "Why do you think they call them "Firemen's Balls?" and sent a link with photographic evidence via Twitter.
And Also ...
Louvre Museum: Free entrance all day
Opera Garnier: Free representation of the ballet La Fille mal gardée, 7:30 pm (according to availability of places)
Longchamp Racecourse: Garden Party with races and many animations
Stade de France: Madonna's world tour concert, 8:00 pm (booking required)
|Banners are fluttering in the breeze along the Champs Élysées.|
|Vans full of policemen in riot gear are already on standby.|
|Please be aware that there will be some changes to the regular public transportation schedules because of the activities. This notice was posted in my bus advising of the stops that will not be serviced during the Military Parade.|