Alphajets from the French Air Force' Patrouille de France, or French Acrobatic Patrol, fly over the Place de la Concorde during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris, Wednesday. Bastille Day celebrations are under way in Paris with large crowds attending the traditional parade along the Champs Elysees, despite heavy rain. Armies from former African colonies celebrating 50 years of independence were invited to join the military parade. The storming of the Bastille in 1789 is viewed symbolically as the birth of the modern French republic. AP