Like that of the Olympic Games, the ceremony of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will also take place in the heart of Paris, precisely between Place de la Concorde and the bottom of the Champs-Elysées, where the athletes will start the parade. A decision this Thursday by the Board of Directors of the event, which inducted the former basketball player Emilie Gomis.
Not jealous. Like the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games will also take place in Paris. Unlike its “big sister”, it will not take place on the stage but between the bottom of the Champs-Elysées and the Place de la Concorde. “For a celebration in the heart of Paris which promises to be magical”, promised Thursday the Board of Directors of Paris 2024 just after having validated the concept during a meeting which was held at the headquarters of the organizing committee, in Pulse (Saint-Denis), and saw former French basketball international Emilie Gomis inducted in place of Martin Fourcade, who will now sit as the new IOC member in France. “For the first edition of the Paralympic Games organized in France, Paris 2024 is thinking big and revisiting the concept of the opening ceremonies. For the first time in the history of the Games, the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, then of the Paralympic Games will take place – a few weeks apart – outside the stadiums, in the heart of Paris, “said the CA, recalling rightly so that the decision endorsed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) came a few days after the immense popular success of the very first “Paralympic Day” on October 8th at Place de la Bastille in Paris. The ceremony will take place on August 28, 2024 between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (but over two and a half hours) in front of hundreds of millions of viewers around the world and will see the 4,400 athletes from the 184 delegations competing.
La Concorde transformed into a stadium, 30,000 free seats at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées
It will begin on the Champs-Elysées as a “symbolic guard of honor” and will continue on the Place de la Concorde with the same message addressed to the world to “promote the Paralympic Games and their athletes on a stage that lives up to their Exploits “. “To shed full light on the exploits of Paralympic athletes, the values they embody and the emotions they make us experience, Paris 2024 wanted to offer them an unprecedented window of exposure by organizing the first opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games outside a stadium, explains Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024 and who speaks of “a strong symbol of our ambition to take advantage of the reception of the first Paralympic Games in our country to place the question of the inclusion of people with disabilities at the heart of society. On this occasion, the places located at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées will be free (approximately 30,000 free places) and the Place de la Concorde transformed into a stadium with 35,000 places (paying). As for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Thomas Jolly will be the artistic director of this event during which various shows will be scheduled in the four corners of the square. Once the urban disciplines of the Olympic Games are over, the facilities will indeed be repatriated to Place de la Concorde, precisely for this opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games. The closing ceremony will take place on September 8 at the Stade de France. Again like that of the Olympics. Holy program.