Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

France celebrated Bastille Day on Saturday with a colorful military parade in Paris presided over by President Emmanuel Macron, and it was hoping the party would continue later on Sunday when the national soccer team meets Croatia in the World Cup final in Russia.

Standing on a military vehicle flanked by motorcycle escorts and led by a cavalry procession, Macron rode down the Champs-Élysées, Paris’s most famous boulevard, for his second July 14 parade, cheered by hundreds of spectators.

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, a key event in the French Revolution.

After inviting President Trump in 2017, this year Macron invited the leaders of Japan and Singapore, two Asian nations with long-standing strategic partnerships with France, to join him at the parade. (Reuters)

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<p>French President Emmanuel Macron and Chief of the French Army Defense Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre arrive in a command car for the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chief of the French Army Defense Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre arrive in a command car for the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

<p>French Alpha jets of the Patrouille de France spray lines of smoke in the colors of the French flag, with the last jet on left shooting red smoke instead of blue, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. An Air Force official confirmed to France-2 television that it was a mistake. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French Alpha jets of the Patrouille de France spray lines of smoke in the colors of the French flag, with the last jet on left shooting red smoke instead of blue, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. An Air Force official confirmed to France-2 television that it was a mistake. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Singaporean and Japanese troops march with flags during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées on July 14, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Singaporean and Japanese troops march with flags during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées on July 14, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

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<p>Soldiers of the Regiment du Service Militaire Adapté de Mayotte (RSMA) take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Soldiers of the Regiment du Service Militaire Adapté de Mayotte (RSMA) take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Soldiers of the French Foreign Legion parade on the Champs-Élysées during a rehearsal for Bastille Day, early Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Paris. (Photo: Jean-Francois Badias/AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Soldiers of the French Foreign Legion parade on the Champs-Élysées during a rehearsal for Bastille Day, early Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Paris. (Photo: Jean-Francois Badias/AP)

<p>A member of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment wears a tattoo with the legion’s motto, “March or Die,” as he takes part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

A member of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment wears a tattoo with the legion’s motto, “March or Die,” as he takes part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs-Élysées, with the Arc de Triomphe in background, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs-Élysées, with the Arc de Triomphe in background, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Members of the Republican Guard ride horses during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Members of the Republican Guard ride horses during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, leave after the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, leave after the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>Two police motorcycles crash during a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Two police motorcycles crash during a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Cadets of the Polytechnique School march down the Champs-Élysées during the Bastille Day parade, in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Cadets of the Polytechnique School march down the Champs-Élysées during the Bastille Day parade, in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Military armored vehicles drive down the Champs-Élysées during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Military armored vehicles drive down the Champs-Élysées during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and members of the French government attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Pool/Reuters) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and members of the French government attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Pool/Reuters)

<p>A Boeing AWACS 1E-3F and Mirage 2000 jet fighters fly past the “Genie de la Liberte”(Spirit of Freedom) gilded figure on top of the Place de la Bastille’s July Column in Paris during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

A Boeing AWACS 1E-3F and Mirage 2000 jet fighters fly past the “Genie de la Liberte”(Spirit of Freedom) gilded figure on top of the Place de la Bastille’s July Column in Paris during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

<p>Members of French army march in unison during the annual Bastille Day military parade at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Members of French army march in unison during the annual Bastille Day military parade at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron attends the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron attends the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

<p>The Patrouille de France Alpha Jet aircrafts fly over the Arc de Triomphe at the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

The Patrouille de France Alpha Jet aircrafts fly over the Arc de Triomphe at the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)

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