Carcassonne Ablaze

Every 14th of July at 22.30

One of the most impressive of the world

Over 700,000 visitors crowd together on the banks of the Aude to watch this incredible fireworks display.

For over 25 minutes starting at 22.30 you can watch colourful pyrotechnics in blue, white, yellow, green, red and gold with a final spectacular bouquet of over 1200 bursts of fire in 6 seconds over a frontage of 600 metres.

On 14th August 1898, the « Cadets de Gascogne » entered Carcassonne. This delegation was made up of literary, artistic and political personalities.

On this occasion, the city of Carcassonne organised a grand feast in honour of these prestigious visitors. To conclude the festivities, they used Bengal lights to simulate a fire and transform the Cité into an enormous shimmering stone. It was such a success that they decided to keep this tradition of fire going, and to do the same thing again every year on 14th July at 22h30