Tips for Bastille Day in Paris


After checking out some of the BNA boards, I noticed that some Paris visitors are already getting ready to party for the July 14th Bastille Day celebration. If you’re wondering what’s going on for Bastille Day, the big event is the Bastille Day parade which you can see on the Champs Elysees. It’s definitely worth attending – especially if you can stake out a seat on the top floor of one of the Champs cafes. We had the good fortune to view the parade a few years ago with Eric and Lila – from Eric’s office windows overlooking the Champs Elysees. You’ll see the flags streaming down from the Arc de la Triomphe – a great photo op.

Partying for Bastille Day actually starts on July 13th. A huge dance/party/concert will be held at Place de la Bastille. This year’s theme is Africa and African musicians in Paris. Traditionally, the fire brigades of Paris open up their fire departments to sponsor neighborhood dances. The neighborhood parties will be held on the 13th and the 14th. Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower are best scene form the esplanade at Palais du Chaillot (Metro: Trocadero). I’ve only gone to these fireworks once – the crowds are HUGE. This is definitely not recommended for the claustophobic (especially at the end when everyone rushes to the Metro at the same time!).

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If you’re looking for a fun neighborhood to celebrate Bastille Day, try Rue Mouffetard on the Left Bank. Even when it’s not Bastille Day, the Rue Mouffetard has dozens of small restaurants – fun ambiance – and not too expensive.
For more info about Bastille Day, visit the official Paris Vistor’s Center site: www.parisinfo.com