Bastille Day Parade 2014

28 April 2014

The President of the French Republic has invited New Zealand to send four youth from New Zealand to join with youth from all countries involved in the First World War to march on the Champs-Elysées on the 14th of July as part of the traditional Bastille Day parade. This year France is using its national day to mark the upcoming centenary of the commencement of the First World War.

NZ Youth Delegates to Bastille Day Parade 2014

The youth from all countries involved in the First World War will join together and be part of scene in the parade, and also to march at the end of the parade.

  • The New Zealand Government will meet the cost of the airfares and insurance, and the French government will provide the accommodations and meals.
  • The programme will be intensive.

The programme for the period 6th-14th July will be managed by the French Government and will consist of -

  • Rehearsals for the parade, including a recce on the Champs-Elysées on Tuesday 8 July, and daily rehearsals from 5am to 7.30am, then from 12pm to 4pm at the Satory Military Camp on 9, 10, 11 and 12 July. Clothing and accessories (e.g. flags) for the parade itself will be provided by the French organisers.
  • A cultural and educational programme designed to help discover French cultural heritage and enable discussion on themes like peace, reconciliation, and international rapprochement.

We are seeking four youth to represent New Zealand, two females and two males. If you are interested, you will need to be-

  • aged between 18 to 24 years on 14th July 2014
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • currently resident in New Zealand
  • able to receive instructions in the French language

Applications for this opportunity have now closed.