Let's go back to the lovely city of Argelers de la Marenda, in north Catalunya, France. Here is what french do in the morning of July 14th, France's national day, Bastille Day: le defile. The fanfare municipale comes first, of course...
...closely followed by the veterans,
the firemen, aka pompiers,
police and the gendarmes.
And of course, the mayor, monsieur le maire. Vive la France!