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Paris event calendar: the major events and things to do

The French people love to celebrate life as is evident in the numerous events that take place in Paris annually. The events are designed to accommodate both residents and visitors that are interested in learning more about the French culture. Despite the season you plan to visit Paris, you will find an event that matches your interests.

Typically, Paris holds professional, artistic and musical events of various magnitudes throughout the year. Some of these events are open to the public while others need a prior booking to participate. Even so, below are some of the events that are popular with tourists’ visiting Paris.

Paris Carnival, February/March

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The Paris Carnival is one of the oldest festivals in the city that showcases the culture of the people. It comprises a costumed parade that has a mascot as the main focus of the festival. The parade moves from Place Gambetta to Place de la Republique accompanied by loud music, pomp and color. Visitors to Paris can follow the parade throughout its circuit and enjoy the carnival from start to finish.

Paris Fashion Week, September/ October

Paris is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world and has grown to be a "must attend" event for those in the fashion industry. A fashion week is a popular event that attracts designers from all over the world to showcase or interact with the best in the industry. The event comprises of a trade exhibition and runway show that showcases garments that will set trends in fashion globally. More info on the official website of the Paris Fashion Week.

Mon Premier Festival, October

Children are not left out in the Paris’ festivals. Parents can plan to be at the Mon Premier Festival that provides a platform for children to learn about films and cinema at a young age. The festival is often held in Dozen Arthouse Cinemas in Paris for two years and above children.

Paris Motor Show, October

The Paris Motor Show is the launch pad for many vehicle manufacturing companies in the world. It is a busy auto show that gives car lovers an opportunity to test out vehicles that are new in the market. Vehicle companies consider the motor show a "must attend" event on their annual calendar.