Events  Australia and New Zealand are guests of honour at Paris 2016 Bastille Day Parade
13/07/201600:00 TV5MONDE

 

 
As a tradition, the French military parade will take place on July 14th down the Champs Élysées, to celebrate France National Day or Bastille Day. This year, troops from Australia and New Zealand have been invited to join the parade, in order to commemorate their support and sacrifices in the participation of World War I’s fierce battle in the Somme in 1916.  
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and US Secretary of State John Kerry will be there. 
 
The Défilé will be broadcasted on your channel on Thursday July 14th at 4 pm Hong Kong time click here the link to view the schedule in your country (Scroll down to watch the trailer)
 
Around 85 Kiwis (some of them dressed in traditional Maori dress) and 140 Australians will join the 3000 French military troop (on both foot and on horseback). 
The show will also include 200 vehicles and the most admired 55 planes and 30 helicopters!

 

 
An exciting surprise from the Patrouille de France:


8 jets from the Patrouille de France aerobatics team will fly overhead and form the shape of the Eiffel Tower (for the opening)!

 
Australian soldiers will be wearing a traditional slouch hat, strongly associated with the country’s identity: a kaki hat in fur felt with the left edge pointing upwards; while the New Zealanders will wear their traditional ‘lemon squeezer’: with a high crown and deep indentations on all four sides, really like a lemon squeezer).

 
The National Day is a day off for most people in France and big fireworks are also organized along with parades and bands. It's a happy day for France who is nevertheless still on high alert for terror attacks, the parade will then take place under heavy security.

 


 

 
A bit of History: 

 
The French Revolution took place in 1789, as a large group of people rebelled against the King Louis XVI and the Queen Marie-Antoinette. The Bastille was a prison in Paris in which the authorities would lock up canyon who would not comply with their rules and decisions. Therefore, the Bastille was a symbol of the corrupt system run by the monarchy. On July 14th, 1789 citizens decided to storm the Bastille. 
On June 21st 1791, Louis XVI tried to escape France to his wife’s native country Austria. Marie Antoinette and their children were dressed as bakers in the streets. But it didn’t last long until they were found. They were captured in Varennes (near the German border). They were brought back Paris and forced to stay at the 'Palais des Tuileries'. On January 21st 1793, Louis XVI was beheaded on the guillotine in public. His wife Marie Antoinette was guillotined on 16 October, the same year.
French people wanted to abolish the Constitutional Monarchy and to give power to the Assembly.
The Revolution wasn’t formed overnight and it’s only in 1880, 100 years later that July 14th was established as the France National Day. 

Note: The guillotine was used until 1977 in France and was definitely dismantled with the abolishment of the death penalty in 1981.
 



 
Blue White and Red:


the colours of the French flag symbolize the ideals of French people: Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité (Liberty, equality and fraternity). 
Right before the storming of the Bastille, some revolutionaries wore a small blue and red cockade and used it as a mean of recognition. Blue and red were the two colors of Paris.
Lafayette, who directed an army of 40,000 people, gave him a blue, red and white cockade, adding the color of monarchy (white) to the colors of the revolutionaries. On February 15th 1794, the Blue, White and Red flag became the symbol of France.
 
How are you celebrating Bastille Day? Did you like this article? Let us know! Happy Bastille Day!
 



 
La Marseillaise: French National Hymn


Another important symbol that you can’t miss on the French National Day is the Marseillaise. It was composed on April 25th 1792 by Clause Joseph Rouget de Lisle, who was an officer in the French army. It was aimed at encouraging the French troops as France had just declared war to Austria.  This song became very popular and was sung by the "féderés" (volunteers) from Marseilles during the storming of the Tuileries on August 10th, 1792. La Marseillaise was declared National Anthem of France on July 14th, 1795.

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