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Fête Nationale: Monaco celebrates its National Day

 

The Princely family celebrating the National Day of Monaco in 2016. Copyright Charly GalloThe history of Monaco’s National Day goes back to 1857, when then-Prince Charles III designated a day of feasting and celebrations for his people. Upon his ascension to the throne in 2005, Prince Albert II decided to continue the 19th November tradition, which falls on Saint Rainier’s Day, in memory of his father, Prince Rainier III.

This year’s celebrations will begin, as always, with a Te Deum at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée in the Le Rocher quartier of the principality. Monegasque citizens are invited to participate in the ceremony, which is attended by the entire Grimaldi family.

During the weeks in the run-up to the National Day, the famous Foire d’Attractions in Port Hercule is open to all in the region who wish to visit. From traditional merry go-rounds and swings to the Fun House and a Smurf-themed experience, children of all ages are well-catered for, but the fair doesn’t stop there. Terrifying sky-high rides, bumper cars and countless others will seduce even the biggest adrenaline junkies. New this year is Aviator, a fast-paced and thrilling ride aimed at the bravest teens and adults among us – are you feeling wild enough?

Fun for all the family at the Foire des Attractions!Alongside the rides is a wide selection of gourmet food stands with classic fairground favourites like waffles, churros, burgers and toffee apples, but prepare for a few mouth-watering surprises too…

The Mairie is optimising security controls, aiming to ‘make every effort to strike balance between safety and friendliness’, and it is advised to bring minimal belongings so as to avoid queues at the entrance points on the lower and upper boundaries of Quai Albert Ier. Entrance is free, but be sure to bring a good pocket full of change for the rides and games!

 

Public programme

 

Until 19th November

Foire d’Attractions

Dozens of fairground rides, games and food outlets

From 11am to 11pm Sundays through to Thursdays, until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 1am on Saturday 18th November in Port Hercule

Free entry

 

Wednesday 15th November

Enfantillages 3 concert by Aldebert

3pm at the Espace Léo Ferré

For children from age five and up

Tickets required

 

Saturday 18th November

Firework show

8pm in Port Hercule

Performance by illusionist Allan Dickens

9pm at the Espace Léo Ferré

Tickets required

 

Sunday 19th November

Performance by illusionist Allan Dickens

3pm at the Espace Léo Ferré

Tickets required

 

Ticket collection

Those with Monegasque citizenship, special tickets can be collected for the Fête Nationale celebrations on Wednesday 8th November from 9am to 4pm at the Mairie. Those with a residency card (as well as citizenship) can collect their tickets at the same time and place the following day.