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Spring Events in Paris
Springtime in Paris has been the popular topic of romantic literature and poetry dating back hundreds of years; as a result, the season is one of the most popular times to visit the City of Light. Those visiting the Paris in the months of March, April, May, and June can find a number of events and activities in which to participate.
Spring in Paris
Springtime in Paris is the place of romance. Poetry and films both idealize spring in the City of Light, making it one of the most popular times to visit the city. As a result, visitors during the months of March, April, May, and June can attend a number of different events and festivals over the course of their stay.
Throughout history, fashion and the city of Paris have become understandably linked. The city has been home to some of the world's most famous designers: Coco Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Louboutin to name a few. It should come as no surprise that Paris Fashion Week is one of the city's biggest springtime events. Throughout late February and early March, famous designers, models and fashion executives descend on Paris to showcase their collections for the upcoming year, making the city the center of the fashion world.
Year round visitors to Paris can always visit the Louvre; however, those visiting in the spring can attend a number of different arts festivals held around the city. Parisian history is filled with examples of famous artists, whose reputations intrinsically establish the city as a haven of artistic creativity and inspiration.
In March and April, Paris is home to the European Independent Film Festival. While not as big and well known as fellow French film festival Cannes (held in May), the ECU is a tremendous showcase for burgeoning young and independent filmmakers from around the world. Those interested in more information can visit the ECU website.
In early June, the Sorbonne University is the home of &Now, the event is described as a showcase of fiction, poetry, electronic and multimedia performances, as well as performance pieces which experiment with linguistic and genre transgression. The historic Sorbonne University is the largest French complex specializing in: literature, languages, arts, humanities and civilizations.
St. Patrick's Day in Paris
St. Patrick's Day in Paris is not as popular and well traveled as the holiday is in Dublin, Boston, and New York; however, there are plenty of activities for visitors to Paris during the March holiday. Paris has a lively Irish community, fueled by the city's large expat population.
The Irish Cultural Center is a great resource for visitors to Paris during the St. Patrick's Day holiday. The organization conducts a number of low key festivities over the holiday, including a thematic concert. Those interested in learning more about the Irish Cultural Center can visit their website.
Those looking for more traditional St. Patrick's Day festivities can visit one of the number of Irish pubs around the city of Paris. There are a number of Irish pubs located south of the Seine river, around the Sorbonne University, and in the area known as Monnaie. Each of these pubs provide interesting and entertaining Irish themed activities around the St. Patrick's Day holiday.
Easter in Paris
Visitors to Paris during Easter have a number of different event options for celebrating the holiday. One of the most famous Parisian landmarks, the Notre Dame Cathedral holds annual Easter services. There are Roman Catholic services held throughout the day beginning when the Cathedral opens at 8:00 with the final service beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The final Easter service is typically presented by the archbishop of Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Tois, and is broadcast on live television.The Notre Dame Cathedral also offers guided visits, lasting one hour. The visits present the religious message of the site, as well as examine its rich artistic history. Visits in English are conducted every Monday.
Another activity for those visiting Paris over Easter is shopping. The city is home to some of the greatest chocolate and candy makers in the world, who make delectable and beautiful creations over the Easter holiday. Chocolatiers like Pierre Hermes and Maison du Chocolate are great locations to purchase Easter treats.
Finally, for visitors with children there are a number of Easter Egg hunts held around Paris over the Easter holiday. One of the most popular is the Easter Egg hunt held at the Vaux le Vicomte. The hunt is held in the historic chateau's massive gardens, and boasts 35,000 eggs waiting to be found. Interested visitors can find more information on the Vaux le Vicomte's website.