Thousands of Olympians as part of an unprecedented river parade down the River Seine and
An overview of the opening of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games was unveiled on Monday, making it clear that something unique is expected on the banks of the River Seine.
The plan to remove the ceremony from a stadium was something that the organizers in Paris had been hatching for a long time.
The details with a view to the act of July 26, 2024 indicate that they want to take advantage of all the splendor of the City of Light, its culture and inhabitants.
"It has to be creative, it has to be different, it has to be spectacular and it has to be popular," said Tony Estanguet, the president of the organizing committee.
The parade of athletes will start the evening instead of ending it.
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It will also be free to enter the vast majority of the 600.000 spectators who will be able to crowd along a six-kilometer (four-mile) route.
Around 160 boats will carry the athletes down the Seine from the Austerlitz Bridge in the east of the city to the Lena Bridge, below the Eiffel Tower.
Athletes will pass Paris landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, The Louvre and d'Orsay museums, and the Grand Palais. The route will be animated by light shows, music and sports.