La Grande Parade Des Pilotes
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most prestigious and legendary races, which will be held for the 87th time this year. But few people know that the Drivers Parade, one of the most popular traditions of the daily marathon before the race weekend, has been existing not for such a long time.
Now it seems that the Drivers Parade, a colorful and solemn event, which takes place in the very center of Le Mans near the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Julian, has a long story. However, only in 1995, 24 years ago, it was organized for the first time. But since then, it has indeed become an integral part of the 24-hour marathon alongside pre-race inspections that are traditionally open to the public at the beginning of the race week.
This tradition appeared thanks to Philip Pasto - a great enthusiast of vintage cars and the organizer of classic car races. It was he who in 1995 invented a bright show of La Grande Parade Des Pilotes (Grand Parade of Drivers), which takes place every year the day before the start of the 24 hours of Le Mans since then.
This is really a great event, which begins with the performance of musicians, dancers, jugglers, followed by a parade of vehicles, from vintage cars to modern supercars.

But the main thing, why almost 200 thousand spectators traditionally gather along the streets of Le Mans, is, of course, the actual Drivers Parade.
The crews, who in less than a day have to be on the grid of one of the three most significant circuit races on the planet, drive vintage convertibles, present various souvenirs to the spectators and often jump out of the cars and come closer to their fans, so the lucky ones manage to get autographs and take a picture with the Le Mans heroes.

The Drivers Parade is the best way to feel the atmosphere of the legendary marathon - a big sports festival, which has long been a national treasure of France. If you are planning to attend the 24 Hours of Le Mans, don't forget to come by Friday and join such a great event.
By the way, this year La Grande Parade Des Pilotes will take place for the 25th time in its history.
Текст: Сергей Беднарук