"Quatorze Juillet"... Bastille Day Celebrations...

"Quatorze Juillet"...

"Défilé Militaire du 14 Juillet"...

Fourteenth of July...

Bastille Day...

Military Parade....

The French tradition that has been held on the morning of the 14th of July in Paris without fail... since 1830...

François Hollande...

"Le Président de la République"....

The newly elected French President was attending... presiding over... his first Bastille Day Parade.

Walking hurriedly up the lush... plush... Avenue Foch... leading to the "Arc de Triomphe"... on to the famous "Avenue des Champs-Élysées"... we hear the booming... thundering noise of French jets overhead... trailing a patriotic  "tricolore" blaze...

"Bleu... Blanc... Rouge"...

"C'est vraiement...

Magnifique"...

In spite of a cloudy grey sky... the pomp and ceremony celebrating the 1789 French Revolution...

Was a treat.

We watched with delight the parade from the Arc de Triomphe... down the "Champs"... to Place de la Concorde... coming to a halt in front of the new French Leader...

We joined in the emotive French national anthem "La Marseillaise"... while the bagpipes... dressage... and jets... performing "overflights in formation"... before the well organized military units and formidable tanks began roaring... rolling... down the greatest avenue in the world... "Les Champs-Élysées"...

Impressive...

Later that night...

We joined in the celebrations by watching  the "feu d'artifice" fireworks from "la place du Trocadéro"... to celebrate the 14th of July 1789 storming of the Bastille Prison by Parisian crowds... who were the catalysts in sparking off... the French revolution...

"Liberté... Égalité... Fraternité"...

The rest is... history...

"Vive...

La France"...

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