No wait. That's a song.
This was a real hot summer night- back in Paris in July. July 13 is the day before Bastille Day and has become a special occasion in its own right. Le Bal des Pompiers. Held as a fundraiser for the firemen (pompiers) on this one special night of the year every firestation throws open its doors and puts on a party (although some stations have a second party on the 14th as well)! And what a party it is.
After dinner I headed down to my local station on rue de Vieux Colombier in the 6th.
|Thankfully I'd left my bombs and tanks back at the flat|
and so didn't have any trouble getting in
|I got there earlyish, 9.30 or so, but it was already humming|
|Any cry of Tout Le Monde by the DJ and the crowd goes OFF|
|There was plenty of on bar dancing|
by all ages
|Classier than beer debris (although that was there too)|
|The queue for entry as I left about midnight|
|went well around the block|
Le Bal des Pompiers usually goes from 9pm-4am. It's a great night out if you're lucky enough to be in Paris (or elsewhere in France) in July. A great celebratory atmosphere. And wonderful value- this one was free entry. There may have been somewhere for donations, but I didn't see it. The drinks were very reasonably priced too.
|Dreaming of France is a wonderful Monday meme|
from Paulita at An Accidental Blog