Military Parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées

Programme for the July 14th 2021 military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées

Ceremony and parade on the Champs-Élysées

Ecole Polytechnique défilé 2014 © Vince11111 via Flickr

On 14 July 2021, the famous and magnificent military parade returns to the Champs Élysées avenue. The public will also be back on the iconic Parisian thoroughfare to enjoy this not-to-be-missed event in the French National Day festivities programme.


The theme of the two-hour parade 2021 is Winning the Future. This theme refers - according to General Christophe Abad, Military Governor of Paris - to the nation's collective ability to overcome the difficulties associated with the health crisis. For the armies, it refers to the fact that they are geared towards tougher engagements by relying on high-tech equipment.

De 10h à midi, l’avenue de Champs-Élysées et le ciel de Paris accueillent 4 300 militaires à pied71 avions25 hélicoptères221 véhicules et 200 chevaux de la Garde républicaine.

From 10am to midday, the avenue of the Champs-Élysées and the skies over Paris will welcome 4,300 soldiers on foot, 71 aircraft, 25 helicopters, 221 vehicles and 200 horses of the Republican Guard.

Some details on the programme:

- The Chad marching regiment opens the army parade to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Koufra oath of March 1941 by Colonel Leclerc to the troops.  

- The European special forces group Takuba, initiated by France to accompany Malian forces in combat, will be honoured.

- The French Air Force is parading its new space command, as well as airmen from the Skyros mission.

- The French Navy honours the submariners, with the presence of the crew of the nuclear attack submarine Emeraude.  

- the parade ends on the Place de la Concorde with a choir of 120 young people, including military students, members of the civic service, voluntary and adapted military services and volunteer firemen.

- The flypast takes place at around 10:30. It is possible to enjoy it from the roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense. Special tickets are on sale at 15€ per person.

Conditions of access to the military parade of 14 July 2021

- maximum capacity foreseen by the authorities

- it is advised to arrive very early

wearing a mask is compulsory

- be in possession of one of the following three proofs :

  • full vaccination
  • negative RT-PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours old
  • positive RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting to the recovery of the Covid-19, at least 15 days old and less than 6 months old

Terraces on the Champs-Élysées will be closed from 8am to 2pm

Metro stations closed from 6.30am to 2pm

Line 1 : Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, George V, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau, Concorde and Tuileries 

Line 2 : Charles de Gaulle-Étoile

Line 6 : Charles de Gaulle-Étoile

Line 8 : Concorde 

Line 9 : Franklin D. Roosevelt

Line 12 : Concorde 

Line 13 : Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau

RER A : Charles de Gaulle-Étoile