The next edition of the Olympic Games will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024 in Paris. The opening ceremony, which for the first time will not take place in a stadium, will be held on the Seine.
On this occasion, we expect 200 delegations from all over the world (athletes and heads of state) who will be transported on more than a hundred boats for greater security of the event. Between now and the holding of this open-air party, there will be rehearsals in order to prepare for the ceremony which should accommodate nearly 500,000 places, including 400,000 free on the high platforms divided into 15 or 20 sections. The places on the low platforms (nearly 100,000) will be chargeable.
A mini rehearsal
The rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympics was organized this Monday, July 17 to test the maneuvers, the distances between boats, the duration of the parade and the video recording. For this, around forty boats marched in single file on the Seine from 6:30 a.m. until noon, navigation having been cut off since 4 a.m. They covered the 6 kilometers of the parade between the Austerlitz and Iéna bridges, through the capital, accompanied by zodiacs from the police headquarters or Paris firefighters, under the watchful eye of the police. placed on the bridges.
For this mini-rehearsal, the total fleet was made up of 57 boats, 39 representing those of the delegations and 18 others the management (assistance, first aid) as well as Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), TV broadcaster of the Olympic Games. The organizers had planned 2 passages at speed of 9 km for a journey of about 1h15 between the departure of the first boat and the arrival of the last at the Trocadéro where the official platform will be held which will discover a show designed by the director Thomas Jolly and whose scenario will be a surprise.
The first boats were all numbered and had on board passengers with signs to interpret the delegations.; the second passage took place in the middle of the morning. The convoy passed along the Iles St-Louis and the Cité, the Hôtel de Ville, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Place de la Concorde and the National Assembly, the Grand Palais, to reach the Pont d’Iéna.
This rehearsal was an opportunity to test command and coordination devices, in particular radio networks, according to the chief of staff of the prefect of police Magali Charbonneau. On July 26, 2024 at 8:24 p.m. on D-Day, more than a hundred boats will transport more than 200 delegations from around the world for the inauguration.
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