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14 July Fete Nationale
13th July - 14th July
FETE NATIONALE CELEBRATIONS
La Fête de la Bastille or Fête Nationale marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of the French Revolution.
The Bastille was seen as a symbol of the absolute power of Louis the 16th’s Regime and its storming and defeat represented a symbol of liberty in the fight against perceived oppression of French citizens by the Monarchy.
Bastille Day was declared a French national holiday in 1880, a celebration of the birth of the Republic.
Processions, fireworks, dancing, and a lot of celebrating mark the event every year throughout France.
SOME KIND OF EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN MOST TOWNS AND VILLAGES.
At the time of publication, the following events have been confirmed for 2020, weather permitting. Please double check with your local tourist office for any changes to dates, times and places.
Prats de Mollo : from 9.30pm, flame lit procession followed by musical parade
Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th
Argelès sur Mer : from sunset until midnight, symbolic lighting up of the Tour de la Massane
Céret : from 10am, official ceremony, procession and vin d’honneur
St Jean Pla de Corts: from 11am, official ceremony, procession and evening meal
Prats de Mollo : from 10.30am, official ceremony, procession & wreath laying, followed by the Maire’s speech and vin d’honneur. Evening concerts (5pm / 9.30pm)
Obviously 2020 has been a funny year, but here’s what usually happens across the region.
Arles sur Tech
Flame-lit parade, fireworks & bal
Banyuls sur Mer
Grillade & music
Fireworks and disco – plage centrale & Place Méditerranée
Concert and fireworks – village
Fireworks & music – Castillet
Fireworks – Place de la République
Prats de Mollo
Parade with flames – fireworks – sardanes
Live music and dancing – Place de la République
Bal and fireworks – Place de la République & Pont du Rudyard Kipling
Concerts, bandas & fireworks
Sardane and bal, place Paul Reig
Morning parade with vin d’honneur
Concert and fireworks
Bal with fireworks
Concerts, bal and firework display
Saint Féliu d’Amont
BBQ, concert and firework display