Dancing With The Firefighters - Bal des Pompiers

Each July, the "Bal Des Pompiers" take place around France. Literally the "Dance of the Firemen" ("Pompier" is French for firefighter), they're dances that are held at French fire stations - usually in the courtyard - to celebrate the Fete Nationale (Bastille Day).

They occur on the 13th - 15th of July each year and normally last from around 8 or 9pm until 3 or 4am. Admission is usually free, but it's normal to give a voluntary contribution of a few euros.

If you're going to be in Paris during that time, I'd recommend the "Bal" (dance) in the 1st arrondissement. It takes place at the fire station in Rue Du Jour, behind the Saint Eustache cathedral.

However, wherever you're staying, there's likely to be a dance near your hotel as there are usually over 20 different Fire Stations that hold dances in Paris each year.

As well as live bands and DJs (most venues have both) to dance to, the Bal des Pompiers also have licensed bars and other events to keep you entertained. It's a great night out.

(it's also a rare opportunity for tourists to interact with local Parisians)

Finding A Dance Near You

For further information and for a list of all the Bal des Pompiers in the city, visit the Paris Fire Brigade's website.

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