Paris events in March 2019 start with a bang! The Carnaval de Paris, or Fat Sunday, takes you on a fun parade through the city. There's also the Paris Half Marathon, an international documentary film festival, the biggest book fair in France, and a glamorous horse jumping competition sponsored by the Hermès fashion group. If you're in Paris on Saint Patrick's Day make your way to the Irish Cultural Centre for a day of family fun. So allons-y, come on, this will be one of your busiest and best trips to Paris ever.
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The Carnaval de Paris has a very long history in the French capital. It was held from the 16th century up until the 1950s. In 1997 the carnival was reignited with the help of a few inspired cultural groups. There are now actually two carnivals — Carnaval de Paris and the Carnaval des Femmes de Paris. Each year attendance grows; there are now about 40,000 happy participants and spectators. The highlight is Dimanche Gras (Fat Sunday), with a parade wending its way from Place Gambetta to Place de la République. We love that it unites party-goers from all walks of life — artists, locals & visitors.
Can you say "destination race"? If you made a New Year's resolution to become fitter, this Paris event can be your inspiration to get your running game on. The Paris Semi-Marathon attracts 40,000 runners, about 5,000 of them are visitors. The 21 kilometre route is flat, scenic, and takes runners along the avenues of the Bois de Vincennes woodlands in the eastern part of Paris. The circular route follows into Paris, along the banks of the Seine River, and finishes on Avenue Daumesnil near the Parc Zoologique de Paris.
The first Cinéma du Réel was held in 1978 at the Centre Pompidou with the aim of promoting documentary films. Decades later they are still gathering and curating the best of international documentary films. The festival attracts 20,000 film lovers with hundreds of documentaries screened around the Beaubourg quartier and the Centre Pompidou. There's also a selection of workshops, seminars and a retrospective highlighting the best of documentaries through the ages.
Join 100,000 travel professionals in Paris under one roof to discover the latest trends in the travel industry. The event is primarily delivered in French, so if you plan on attending better brush up on those French travel verbs.
The first Livre Paris was held in 1981, now it's the biggest book fair in France with thousands of writers, authors, and publishers attending. There are several themed stages: main stage; crime fiction; BD (bande dessinne), manga and comics; children; young adult; science; behind the publishing scene and art square. With more than 3,000 authors in attendance, chances are you'll be able to meet a few with a full schedule of book signings, conferences and events.
Saut Hermès is the elite of international show-jumping. The high-level horse jumping competition was established by the historic fashion leader Hermès (famous for their handbags and silk scarves) and it all takes place under the glass roof at the Grand Palais. Here's your chance to witness top show-jumpers go head-to-head in one of the most technically challenging competitions in the world.
• Grand Palais
• March 22 to 24, 2019s
Loire Valley Chateaux & Wine Tasting, Day Trip from Paris
Small-Group Day Tour to the Loire Valley Castles
Head to one of the many Irish pubs in Paris for a guaranteed day or night of fun. Topping our best Irish Pub list are the Quiet Man in the 3rd Arrondissement and McBrides Irish Pub on Rue Saint-Denis in the 1st Arrondissement. You could also make your way to the Irish Cultural Centre at 5 Rue des Irlandais (5th) wearing as much green as possible! In past years, the Saint Patty's Day events at the Irish Cultural Centre have started at 1 PM with an afternoon of family fun, music and dance. Check their website in advance to find out if the parade is taking place in 2019.
Now into its second decade, this popular art fair (sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture) showcases 2,000 artworks curated from 72 international galleries. The show has dual purposes — providing a break to emerging artists and featuring obscure works by renowned artists. Simply, this is the best place in Paris to discover the art of drawing.
We love that the venue changes frequently, giving artists and galleries creative ways to transform new spaces into a temporary art gallery. In the past, Drawing Now has been held in an Haussmannian apartment, in a church, on Docks en Seine and the Carrousel du Louvre.
Join 300 global martial arts experts from aikido, karate, judo, capoeira, and kobudo to the dance of the Dragon. The Festival of Martial Arts will transform the arena into a giant tatami mat, where you will discover the most beautiful and technical martial art moves with spectacular demonstrations.
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