Paris has unveiled its plans for the 2024 Olympics with a floating parade of athletes and delegations on the Seine to kick off the world’s largest sporting event.
At least 600,000 people are expected to attend the Summer Olympics opening ceremony which will be free to watch on the riverbank.
“It has to be creative, it has to be different, it has to be spectacular and it has to be popular,” Tony Estanguet, the head of the organising committee, told the Associated Press.
The flotilla will consist of 160 boats which will set off from the Pont d’Austerlitz for a six-kilometre parade until it reaches the Pont d’Iena beneath the Eiffel Tower, with 80 screens installed along the route to give more fans a chance to see the ceremony.
The boats will pass by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre and d’Orsay museums, and the Grand Palais, which will be brought to life through light activations and music.
“We want them to really enjoy this moment and in a way be the actors of the show,” said Estanguet.