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- Starts: 25/08/2019 3:30 pm
- Ends: 25/08/2019 4:00 pm
Dressed with a 1940s’ outfit or not, take part in a life-size parade with military and civilian vehicles of the time and walk in the footsteps of General Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division which entered Paris on August 25, 1944!
The military parade will leave from the 25 August 1944 Square at Porte d’Orléans at 3:30 pm, which is exactly where Leclerc and his men entered in Paris on August 25, 1944. The procession will go through the General Leclerc Avenue and mark a stop at the Square Victor and Helene Basch where archive images will be displayed on the facade of the Gaumont cinema. The parade is expected to end at 4:00 pm at Denfert-Rochereau, where the jazz band that followed the parade will offer a last performance.
You are welcome to come dressed up according to the fashion standards of the time. Similarly, all civilians and shopkeepers of the vicinity are invited, if they wish, to decorate their balconies and terraces in the tricolor colors, as it was the case during the Liberation.
We strongly recommend to arrive about 15 minutes before the departure of the parade.
The liberation of Paris didn’t have Allied priority, but an uprising of the population against the Germans on 19 August made it necessary. Thus the 2nd French Armoured Division was sent to Paris and entered the city on 24 August. On 26 August a huge triumphal parade was held on the Champs-Élysées.
A statue of General Charles de Gaulle stands near the Champs Elysées in Paris, France. During the Second World War, the German forces in Paris surrendered on August 25, 1944. The next day de Gaulle paraded on the Champs-Elysées.
On August 25, 1944, at 4 pm, General von Choltitz, German military governor of greater Paris, signed the surrender of the German troops. 75 years later, a small ceremony is held in commemoration of this significant event in the history of the Liberation of Paris.
Just like every year, a tribute ceremony to General Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division who liberated Paris will be organised in the presence of municipal and national authorities.