The Morgenster, Ship of the ArmadaThe Morgenster, Ship of the Armada
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The program of the Armada of Rouen 2023

The Armada de Rouen 2023 will take place from June 8 to 18, 2023 on the banks of the Seine in Rouen. A colorful program will be proposed with free and various animations. During these 10 days of festivities, discover the program of the Armada 2023 and make the most of this exceptional event.

The program

of the Armada 2023

Every evening, from June 8 to 17, enjoy concerts, fireworks on the site of the Rouen Armada and the show “Cathedral of Light” on the facade of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Rouen in the heart of the city.

  • Wednesday, June 7 from 5 pm – The Great Pagaille
    Launch day of the 8th edition the Armada 2023.

On this occasion, the Great Pagaille is back. This burlesque race on the Seine with boats each crazier than the other in the image of a life-size naval battle will be one of the strong events of the program of the Armada. Rich in emotions, the crews of the 30 boats compete in imagination and originality.

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Heading for...

the event of the year!
  • Thursday, June 8 – Arrival of the boats
    It’s time for the arrival of the ships, schooners and old sailing ships. The Flaubert Bridge rises to welcome the first arrivals.

It is possible to come and greet the sailors present during this 8th edition. Coming from all over the world, they will all be there to make you dream during these 10 days of festivities.

June 8 is World Oceans Day. A major scientific symposium is organized in Rouen in partnership with the Institut de l’Océan.

  • Friday, June 9 – Arrival of the boats
    The second big day of the arrival of the boats of this 8th edition of the Armada 2023.

Drop anchor!

Experience the official inauguration, visits and concerts...
  • Saturday, June 10 at 11am – Official Inauguration
    This is the day of the official inauguration of the Armada 2023!

On this inauguration day, the Armada usually organizes the captains’ dinner in the early evening.

A fireworks display that will take place between 11pm and 11:30pm and a concert will close the day.

  • Sunday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. – Religious celebrations with the sailors
    Faithful tradition of the Rouen Armada and of the world of the sea in France, the sailors’ mass will be at the rendezvous and will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Rouen from the sailboat the Atlantis.

Get together at 11:00 am for a great moment of emotion with sailors from different parts of the world.You will be able to meet the sailors, commanders or skippers of boats like the Belle Poule or the Belem. The mass will be able to be followed from the left bank quays on the Rollet peninsula but also live on France 2 and RCF.

This event brings together 2,000 to 5,000 people, an opportunity to share a moment of tradition with sailors from around the world.

On the program in the evening, concerts as well as a fireworks display between 23:00 and 23:30.

Arriving at the right place?

Come and watch the parade of sailors!
  • Monday, June 12 – The Great Caterpillar
    Come and take on the challenge of making the largest human caterpillar: 10,000 people to reach to beat the previous record of 5,000 people. The organizers give you an appointment on the esplanade.
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 14h – The parade of sailors
    The most beautiful spectacle of the Armada of Rouen: that of the parade of crews. They invite themselves in the streets of the city of Rouen in the early afternoon for a show punctuated by the music of brass bands. The inhabitants of the city of Rouen as well as visitors discover the crews in their ceremonial dress.

Departure at 2pm from the Flaubert Bridge, towards the City Hall of Rouen.

On the program in the evening, the free concert as well as a fireworks display between 11pm and 11:30pm.

  • Saturday, June 17 at 8am – the sailors’ jogging
    Get out your sneakers and run with the sailors!”The sailors’ jogging is making its big comeback, on the Seine quays from the Rollet peninsula. The quays will thus see the sailors surge on a course of 6 km: a great opportunity to share, meet, exchange with sailors and admire the great sailboats. In this last weekend of the Armada 2023, enjoy the last moments with the sailors.

In the evening, the last concerts as well as the last fireworks. These will close between 23h and 23h30 this 8th edition.

The big parade

to end on a high note
  • Sunday, June 18 – The Grand Parade
    It’s the day of the Grand Parade, take your seat for this great show! The Grand Parade is one of the biggest events in the boating world. The three masts, school ships or warships will raise anchor. Then they will cast off the moorings to go up the river to the estuary.

On the banks of the Seine, on board the boats or launches, admire or participate in this great parade for a last goodbye to this armada 2023.

The departure of the boats will be in the morning from Rouen. Departure of all sailboats, the Grand Parade of Rouen will raise the Flaubert Bridge to greet the sailors one last time.

All along the Seine, take a seat, with family, with friends and live this great moment: the crews are in the sails or at the maneuvers on board their sailboats.

The boats will passin the ports of La Bouille, Duclair, La Mailleraye, Le Trait, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bliquetuit, Rives-en-Seine-Caudebec-en-Caux, Villequier.This passage will be accompanied by animations during the big parade in the different ports.

Where to see the fireworks

of the Armada 2023?

Enjoy the magic of the Armada during the evenings on the quays of the Seine.Expected by the public, the fireworks of the Armada are exceptional moments to experience the event differently. The quays of the Seine catch fire and the twinkling lights in the sky highlight the most beautiful sailing ships in the world.

With the free concerts, the fireworks of the Armada make the show every night for the happiness of young and old. A festive moment out of time on the banks of the Seine in the capital of Normandy.

To admire the fireworks of the Armada, you can position yourself son the quays of the Seine on the right bank, the bridges but also on the panoramas around Rouen such as the one of Saint-Catherine’s Hill.

Practical information
Dates: Every evening from Friday, June 9 to Saturday, June 17, 2023
Schedules: from 11:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Presqu’ïle Rollet, quai rive gauche, Rouen