Fireworks and Kisses at the Fireman’s Balls
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Summer days are far from lazy and in fact, it hardly feels like Summer with such cool temperatures. I’m sure, however, that in one day the heat will set in and won’t let up until La Rentrée at the beginning of September.
We all remember the intense and dangerous heat of last Summer, so if you’re planning on being in Paris this Summer, be prepared for another possible “canicule” (heat wave). The city advises: listen to radio and TV to follow the predicted temperatures; close your shutters, blinds and curtains during the midday and open your windows at night; install a fan or some sort of air conditioning device if possible; take frequent baths or showers or swab down with a cold wet cloth; drink no less than a liter and a half of water daily; avoid alcoholic drinks and don’t hesitate to contact a doctor if you have a fever, migraine headache or pain. For more information (in French), visit http://www.paris.fr/fr/Solidarites/actualites/appel_prevention_canicule/default.asp
Today Time Out bids farewell to its English language pages in the back of the Pariscope entertainment guide edited by Kate van de Boogert after 11 years of continuous publication due to “the severe downturn in tourism and advertising.” You’ll get a chuckle at Kate’s advice on how to survive it: 1. Don’t go out. Ever. 2. Go the Louvre and stay there. 3. Make your own fun. 4. Get out of town. 5. Perfect your French. 6. Let go. 7. Get your own customized guide. (That’s Parler Paris!) 8. Develop a spirit of adventure.
An advance copy of Pariscope compliments of Kate (sure to be a collector’s item) was welcomed so that I wouldn’t miss the release Michael Moore’s documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 opening today in 28 theaters in V.O. (original version). Stateside, when it released last week, it was the #1 movie in the country, the largest grossing documentary ever. French friends reported seeing advances of it yesterday and I suspect the French will be just as interested as the American audiences. “On verra!”
Meanwhile, we are also gearing up for Bastille Day July 14th and the annual Fireman’s Balls. Festivities include the annual military parade on the Champs-Elysées, the “Bals des Pompiers” and of course, spectacular fireworks.
The Grand Ball of the City of Paris on July 13th takes place at place de la Bastille starting at 7 p.m. with lots of music: Tango, Salsa, Rock, Latino and Disco…expect it to continue until 12:30 a.m. so wear your best dancing shoes. Visit
Then, don’t miss the Fireman’s Balls — well known as the best place to get kissed by a handsome French fireman (they go from lady to lady and bestow their sweet lips upon your cheeks!) The balls take place on both the 13th and 14th of July in 40 fire stations on the Ile de France starting at 9 p.m. and continuing through the night until 4 a.m.! For a complete listing of participating stations, visit http://www.bspp.fr/1407/BAL04.doc
The military parade starts at 9 a.m. July 14th on the Champs-Elysées ending at place de la Concorde. President Jacques Chirac will arrive on the scene about 10 a.m. to welcome the army officials and inspect the troops. The Royal Marines band will play, the air show by the Red Arrows will fly overhead, troupes of the Grenadier Guards, 106 British, the King’s troop, the mounted Calvary, motorcyclists from the Gendarmerie Nationale and thousands of military personnel will march down the Champs-Elysées, all in very traditional style. See http://www.paris.fr/fr/actualites/14_juillet_2004/Defile_140704/Programme_defile.asp for the details.
To top off the festivities, head to the Champs de Mars for spectacular fireworks set to music under the theme of “Fraternité et Olympisme” set off at 10:30 p.m. on the 14th (weather permitting) on the Jardins du Trocadero between the Palais de Chaillot and l’avenue de New York. Take a picnic, enjoy the spectacle with thousands of other Parisians and be prepared to walk home (Métros may be packed or stopped, taxis will be taken and traffic will be bumper to bumper!)
Happy Bastille Day!
A la prochaine…
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Fireworks And Kisses At The Fireman’S Balls
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