Paris Freedom Parade

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.

Paris Freedom Parade

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