Bastille Day, 14 July 1989: A gigantic living doll walks down the Champs-Elysées during "La Marseillaise" parade staged by Jean-Paul Goude, French graphic designer and former artistic director of Esquire magazine.
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PARIS — France's National Day, widely known as Bastille Day, is in full swing. Celebrations include the annual parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris as well as a military air parade to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris by revolutionaries in 1789, the symbolic starting point of the French Revolution that led to the first French republic. 

The Bastille Day celebrations through the years including the French Air Force's display of alphajets that released red, white and blue smoke, the fireworks, as well as a gigantic living doll that paraded the Champs Elysees in 1989. 

French Polynesian soldiers perform the Haka as they parade on the Champs Elysees on July 12, 2011 in Paris, as they rehearse for the French national celebration, Bastille Day, on July 14, 2011.
Credit: Fred Dufour
A supply plane flying over the city of Paris during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day military air parade captures a view of the Tuileries gardens and the Louvre museum.
Credit: Bertrand Guay
People playfully join in with the firefighters from the National School of Firemen Officers parading at dawn on the Champs Elysees, in rehearsal for Bastille Day.
Credit: Fred Dufour
French Republican horse guards parade at dawn on the Champs Elysees on July 10, 2011 in preparation for Bastille Day on July 14.
Credit: Fred Dufour
Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 1979 at the Elysée Palace Garden Party : French First Lady Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing, wife of former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing with guests.
Credit: Georges Pavunic
Bastille Day, 14 July 1989: A gigantic living doll walks down the Champs-Elysées during "La Marseillaise" parade staged by Jean-Paul Goude, French graphic designer and former artistic director of Esquire magazine.
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Bastille Day celebrations on 14 July 2003: Alphajets from the Patrouille de France create red,white and blue colors of the French flag as they fly over the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Credit: Joel Robine
Bastille Day 2010: French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon among other important political figures applaud the start last year's Bastille Day military parade in Paris on July 14, 2010.
Credit: Miguel Medina
Fireworks over the Trocadero Square as part of the celebrations of Bastille Day in Paris on July 14, 2010, to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris by revolutionaries in 1789 and the symbolic starting point of the French Revolution that overthrew the monarchy and led to the first French republic.
Credit: Bertrand Langlois

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