Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 07/14/2011

Bastille Day marked with pageantry and pomp (Photos)


French air force Alpha Jets (Patrouille de France) fly over the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day military parade. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Get your French on. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution, the day the Bastille prison was stormed on July 14, 1789, sparking the uprising of the modern nation. The day is marked by the largest European military parade down the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Here are some images of the day. Vive La France!


French soldiers from a Republican guards infantry regiment march down the Champs-Elysees. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

France's XV Pacific regiment military rugby team demonstrate their Haka in front of the presidential reviewing stand. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

Tanks are prepared on the Champs Elysee before the traditional Bastille Day parade. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

French Polynesian soldiers perform Haka as they parade on the Champs Elysees avenue. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images)

French Rafale jet flying over the Arch of La Defense. (Anne-Christine/AFP/Getty Images)

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy rides down the Champs Elysee in a military command car. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Over in the U.S. we, of course, celebrate the day by relying on stereotypes and consuming large quantities of alcohol:
Participants prepare for the annual French Maid Race at L'Enfant Cafe's annual Bastille Day street festival (Courtesy of L'Enfant - Courtesy of L'Enfant)

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