Paralympic Day to take over Place de la Bastille on October 8

Paralympic Day will give visitors an opportunity to try Para sports and meet accomplished Para athletes 12 Sep 2022
A graphic mockup of what Place de la Bastille will look like on Paralympic Day.
Para sports will take centre stage when Paralympic Day is held at Place de la Bastille on October 8.
ⒸParis 2024
By Paris 2024

With just under two years to go until the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, the French State, the French Paralympic and Sport Committee (CPSF) and the City of Paris welcome you to the first Paralympic Day on Saturday, October 8, at Place de la Bastille in Paris.

On October 8, Place de la Bastille will celebrate Para sports in honour of the Paralympic Games: a spectacular, accessible and festive taste of the Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. The International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons will also be attending.

The famous Parisian square will be transformed for a day into a vast playground with spectacular sports exhibitions. The main stage will vibrate to the sound of musical performances from a line-up of artists coming together in an evening concert.

“Paralympic Day being celebrated in the Place de Bastille is an inspired choice given its radical history," said IPC President Andrew Parsons. "The Paralympic Games are the most transformational event on earth, and I’m very excited that the people of Paris will be able to get up close and personal with our amazing athletes on 8 October.

"I’m also thrilled that Paris 2024 continues to break new ground in Paralympic Games delivery," he added. "I think this inaugural Paralympic Day shows how committed Paris 2024, the French government, the City of Paris and our good friends at the French Paralympic and Sports Committee are to creating a more inclusive society. As you say in France, vive la révolution.”

A day of Para sport and celebration 

The programme will be free and open to all. Highlights include:

  • Meeting French and international Para athletes;
  • Mind-blowing sports performances with Paralympic champions;
  • Taster sessions for the public to try Paralympic disciplines (blind football, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, etc.), led by Para athletes
  • A day of celebration, with many cultural and artistic events
  • A day of pride, enthusiasm, and awareness to change the way we perceive people with disabilities

The detailed programme of the day will be released shortly.

Discover and try out Paralympic sports

If you want to learn about Paralympic sports, there is no better way than to try them out. How do you practise wheelchair fencing? How do you jump long distances with a prosthesis? Is the basketball rim the same height in wheelchair basketball?

Training, physical preparation, mental preparation, selection... Competing in the Paralympic Games requires a high level of training. With two years to go before the opening of the Paris 2024 Games, let's prepare ourselves, like the Para athletes, to experience this amazing competition. Future spectators are invited to discover Para sports and Para athletes to appreciate the achievements that will happen in front of their eyes in 2024.

“With less than two years to go before the Paris 2024 Games, we are keen to give a flavour of the Paralympic Games in our country by organising the first Paralympic Day in France." said Tony Estanguet, President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024. "On Saturday 8 October, at Place de la Bastille, come and meet exceptional athletes, discover their disciplines and practise Para sports.”

Improve access to sport for people with disabilities

Paralympic Day is an opportunity to learn about Para sports. It offers the chance to join Para clubs as part of the initiatives taken by Paris 2024, the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF), and its stakeholders to advance sport participation for people with disabilities.

On 8 October, all in Bastille!

Paralympic Day is an event supported by Paris 2024, the Ministry of Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Ministry of Solidarity, Autonomy and the Disabled, the Inter-ministerial Delegation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (DIJOP), the CPSF and the City of Paris.

"This is the first time that France and Paris have the opportunity to host the Paralympic Games," said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. "This is a unique opportunity for the City to improve access to our sports facilities for all people with disabilities and to accelerate the accessibility of Paris. October 8 will be an amazing day to give you a taste of the Paralympic Games. I invite you to come to Place de la Bastille to discover new sports, learn about new disciplines and meet extraordinary athletes.”