Paris 2024's Spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony To Take Place On River Seine

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The organisers of the Paris 2024 Olympics have announced their plans for a spectacular opening ceremony that will take place outside the Stade De France - on the River Seine.

They have announced that to open the games there will be a 6 km procession that will transport athletes along the Seine in a flotilla of some 160 boats, between Pont d’Austerlitz and the Pont d’Iéna.

The river, its bridges and the capital’s iconic monuments will serve as the backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, showing the world the very best of Paris, with hundreds of millions of people watching on television.

At least 600,000 will be able to experience the event in the flesh – ten times more than could attend in the Stade de France. Organisers have also announced that many of Paris’ historic sites will feature as venues, including Les Invalides, the Pont Alexandre III and the Pont Iéna, the Trocadéro and the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville, which will be landmarks during the road races.

The marathon will start from the Hôtel de Ville – one more iconic site that will play host to events in the heart of the city – and end at Les Invalides.

The time trial riders will set off from Les Invalides, and cycle to Pont Alexandre III, which will also see action in the marathon swimming and triathlon. Finally, the Pont d’Iéna, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, will serve as the start and end point for the cycling sprint and race walking. Those in charge also want to set up a Paralympic hub at the Porte de Versailles centre.

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