Monday, July 15, 2013

Le défilé du 14-Juillet



Quatorze Juillet

2008
The many regiments line up an hour or two 
before the march down Avenue des Champs Elysées.



2013
In all, 4,800 troops marched in front of the presidential stage Sunday, 
along with 241 horses, 265 vehicles and 58 planes.
Bringing up the rear was an array of 35 helicopters, 
used in wartime and for civilian missions. 


Precision parachutists landed 
in front of the presidential stand to close the parade.



The military parade of 14-Juillet
Avenue des Champs Elysées
75008, Paris

 

20 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

So beautiful picture!I like the uniforms!
Léia

Joe said...

They all so proud and magnificent in their uniforms.

Shell Sherree said...

I'm resisting the urge to talk about men in uniform. Oops.

Revrunner said...

There's always one in the crowd. :-)

Jeanne said...

wow....this looks to be a very impressive parade..

M said...

Now, that's a celebration!

xStroutx said...

Very impressive!

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Kate said...

Great photo for a great event. Must be fun to watch!

Daryl said...

brava ... superb!

Jeanie said...

Oh, my! This had to be impressive! Nice photo!

Virginia said...

IT's a grand day. I had my flag flying!
V

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A very impressive military display, b&w was the perfect medium for this shot Genie. Super shot to start off your fourth year :)

Malyss said...

<3

JoeinVegas said...

Did you count them all yourself?

Starman said...

Did you notice the one guy who was looking the wrong way?

Alexa said...

Most impressive! (And I want to be a precision parachutist when I grow up.)

Jack said...

Those marchers look very starched and crisp. I could never march like that. (It might be the lack of motivation.)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Revrunner and Starman, you are both very observant. It makes me want to snap my fingers and say, "attention!"

I would love to see the parade again some year, getting there early enough to photograph all the regiments and uniforms.

A few years ago, I had another post of this group with a portrait of the young woman on the front row.

Joe, no, I did not count them but felt that there were twice that many. There is not so much of a parade as I normally think about it because after that many people line up, there was not too long a distance to march!

I wonder if Holland used the same little box as Sarkozy to look taller in the truck?

Bises,
Genie

Gringo said...

Love this shot Genie, especially the b&w with the light...