11 Bastille Day
The mother of all Bastille Day parades stretches on the morning of July 14 from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Élysées and up Rue Royale to the Place de la Madeleine on the Right Bank of Paris. For one day each year, the ultra-civilized French put down their forks and wine glasses and pretend they’re still a revolutionary and militaristic empire. All manner of fly-overs and land-based vehicles and marchers turn out in smart, singing formations.
Go here for Lockhart’s take on the subject.