Paris 2024 opening ceremony: why you (really) shouldn't miss it?


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Florian Hulleu / Paris 2024
© Florian Hulleu / Paris 2024

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 15 November 2023

Organized for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games outside a stadium, the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games promises to be grandiose with an unprecedented parade of 10,500 athletes on the Seine. A breathtaking aquatic parade not to be missed under any circumstances!

Code name: Seine Olympique. Distinguishing mark: giant! On 26 July 2024, set your watches for 8.24pm, a nod to the current year. It is at this precise moment that the Greek delegation boat will leave the Austerlitz bridge for the Iéna bridge, kicking off the wildest opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

An Olympic and aquatic parade

Organised for the very first time outside the walls of a stadium, in the prestigious setting of the UNESCO-listed Rives de Seine, the spectacle of this 33rd Olympiad, orchestrated by actor and director Thomas Jolly, is set to break all the codes of the genre, combining artistic performances and presentations of the athletes in an unprecedented way.

Each delegation, comprising 10,500 Olympic athletes from all over the world, will take it in turn to parade on more than a hundred boats of all types and sizes. It's a 6-kilometre procession that spectators set up in zones on the lower and upper quays and on the bridges will be able to watch in detail on 80 giant screens set up all along the route, and at their leisure: the arrival of the last boat, that of the French delegation, host of the 2024 Olympics, is scheduled for around 11.50pm on the Iéna bridge, for the grand finale at the Trocadéro!

An open-air museum

The Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Institut de France, the Eiffel Tower, and a dozen bridges including the prestigious Pont Alexandre III... The river parade will offer the chance for a fabulous stroll along the most iconic monuments of the capital, a dream setting for a spectacular event combining circus, dance, theater, music, and sports, open to all. *Each spectator will need a paid ticket to access the lower quays. The upper quays will be accessible for free, subject to prior registration on a dedicated platform. **

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