Foreign Legion Bastille Day parade 2013

See the images of the French Foreign Legion marching on the 14th July 2013 on the Bastille Day parade, during this French National Day.

Marching down the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris, bearded pioneers of the French Foreign Legion, the only bearded soldiers of the French Army, are annually honoured to open the Bastille Day parade.

Legionnaires parade separately from another French military units because of the Legion’s traditional slow march. At the end of the Champs-Élysées avenue, in front of the French president, the legionnaires as the only French military unit did not split up into the two divided sections like another military units do every year. As a part of its own traditions, legionnaires always continue marching together.