October 03


11 Bastille Day


Baffled at Place de la Madeleine


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.