On July 14, France celebrates its National Day, Bastille Day. Every year, a military parade takes place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The French troops, including legionnaires from the French Foreign Legion, march down the street. In 2016, the Foreign Legion was represented, as usual, by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, being accompanied by the Foreign Legion Music Band. This year, 109 legionnaires from the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) also participated in the parade.
On July 14, France celebrated Bastille Day 2015 with a military parade in Paris. The French troops, including the French Foreign Legion, marched down the Champs-Elysées. The Legion was represented by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, accompanied by the Foreign Legion Music Band and the legionnaires from the 3rd Comapny of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI). The 3e REI was participating in the parade for the first time since it has been placed in French Guiana.
On July 14, 2014, the French firemen (sapeurs-pompiers) of the Northern Defence and Security Zone (Zone de défense et de sécurité Nord) of northern France, participating for the first time in the Bastille Day Parade, met the legionnaires in a street of Paris and cheered them with a “standing ovation”.
On July 14, the Bastille Day Military Parade (Défilé militaire du 14 Juillet) passed down the Champs-Elysées, Paris. As always, the Foreign Legion took part in the parade. See the legionnaires from the Foreign Legion Music Band and the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), accompanied by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, marching together down the street in front of the French president.
Legionnaires from the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), accompanied by legionnaires-pionners and the Foreign Legion Music Band from the 1st Foreign Regiment (1er RE) were participated in the preparations for the French main national event of July 14 at the Champs-Élysées avenue of Paris.
See the images of the French Foreign Legion marching on the 14th July 2013 on the Bastille Day parade, during this French National Day.
A few images of the legionnaires preparing for the tomorrow’s Bastille Day military parade, the most important and awaited French event of the year.