To get the French national holiday off to a resounding start, trumpets and bugles herald the arrival of the President of the French Republic at the top of the world’s most beautiful avenue. The drums ring out as elite units of the French army parade down the avenue lined with crowds of onlookers.
The July 14th parade along the Champs-Elysées is the highlight of the French national holiday celebrations. Every year in the morning, the spotlight is on the French military regiments as they parade down the avenue. Later in the day, the focus shifts to the eagerly-awaited fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.
Programme for the 14 July 2019 military parade
10.10am: Arrival of French President
10.30am: Start of parade
11.45am: End of parade
12pm: Departure of French President