In Paris, the French capital, waiters and waitresses from all over the city competed in the annual race of the "Garcons de Cafe" on Sunday (9 July).
GV Crowd gathered at starting point of race, the Place de 1'Opera.
SV Waiters coming to the start line carrying tray with bottle and glasses on it. Waiters prepare for race. (2 SHOTS)
SV Banner about the race.
GV Start of race.
GV Race in progress. (4 SHOTS)
SV Crowd watching.
SV PAN Winners finishing.
SV & GV Remaining contestants finishing. (2 SHOTS)
SV Waitress finishing.
SV Winners with waiter on right holding cup aloft.
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Background: In Paris, the French capital, waiters and waitresses from all over the city competed in the annual race of the "Garcons de Cafe" on Sunday (9 July). The event marked the beginning of a week of celebrations leading up to the national holiday on the 14th of July, Bastille Day.
SYNOPSIS: Competitors and spectators gathered in the Place de 1'Opera, in central Paris. The rules of the race are very strict - each entrant must wear their usual working clothes, look smart, and carry a full bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray. This must be held at shoulder level, with one hand, and the wine must be unspoilt and the glasses unbroken when they reach the finishing line.
The race wound through the city centre, passing many of Paris' famous monuments. The waiters rushed carefully passed the Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde, down the Champs Elysee and across the river to the Latin Quarter and the Boulevard St. Germain. Ceiling the Cathedral of Notre Dame they approached the final stretch, lading to the Hotel de Ville. By this point, many had dropped out of the race having lost their balancing skills and allowed their balancing skills and allowed their tray to slip onto the cobbles.
For the winner, Bernard Gross, from the Palais Royale district, a colour television set presented by the Mayor of Paris. Other prizes awarded by the Association of Parisian Restauranters, ranged from a holiday in Tunisia to tickets to the French football cup-final. The glory of winning goes to the district of Paris where the waiter worked. The week of friendly competition between the "village" of Paris traditionally leads up to Bastille Day, when the whole city unites in frantic celebration.