Moulin Rouge 130th anniversary celebration in Paris: Event Highlights and more

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Thousands of people have gathered outside the Moulin Rouge cabaret on Sunday at night for fireworks and French can-can mega fest to commemorate the 130th year of the storied Montmartre institution.

Police restrained off the boulevard for the extravaganza, which started with music and a light show displayed onto the iconic red windmill, recalling the venue’s Belle Epoque origins.

A sole dancer then came on the roof, braving the autumn chill in one of the cabaret’s skimpy sequined dresses — though she was not without dress, possibly an indication to the families in the crowd.

Moulin Rouge 130th anniversary celebration in Paris: Event Highlights and more
Moulin Rouge 130th anniversary celebration in Paris: Event Highlights and more

Then, as fireworks went crazy overhead — red, generally, later laced with whites and blues — around 50 long-legged dancers spotting the same colors came our to deliver their famous can-can.

Yiftah Bar-Akiva, an Israeli who has stayed in Paris for 11 years, was drinking her champagne from a flute glass with mates who came for the party.

“It’s as legendary as the Eiffel Tower, it’s a big part of the history of the Belle Epoque,” he said.

“In my opinion, it is not in bad taste of women, I think it’s a Magnifique art,” he added. “It’s not like it’s a peepshow!”

Joanna Cavarzan came from her home, close to the city of Chartres, not far from Paris, with a friend, Joe McGinty, who has arrived from Toronto.

“I have never seen what’s inside, and I was hoping to get a peep of what it was like,” Cavarzan said.

But like others in the crowd, she could hardly spot the dancers — no stage had been set up on the boulevard for their show.

Debuting in 1889 — the same year as the Eiffel Tower was finished constructing — the Moulin Rouge has become a hot spot for millions of the tourists to the French capital, even only an outside look was allowed.

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