Summer is here and picnic season is underway, though this might not be the kind of picnic you’re used to (or maybe it is?). Naturists — those who enjoy public, social nudity — are looking forward to gathering in Paris to celebrate the first-annual Journée Parisienne du Naturisme (Parisian Day of Naturism). The Bois de Vincennes is Paris’ largest public park, and on June 24th it will host hundreds of naturists from around France and the rest of Europe.
The celebration is being organized by the L’Association des Naturistes de Paris, with the hope that it will merely be the first of many annual gatherings. If you’re wondering about the itinerary, the event runs from 10 AM to 6 PM, including an 11:30 AM yoga class, followed by the picnic itself. The naturist section of the park opened for only two months in 2017 but has re-opened for six months in 2018, as part of the city’s open-minded, progressive vision for public spaces.
Currently, France is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for nudists. Two million naturists visit its free beaches each year, which include a swimming pool that allows nudity three nights a week. There will also be a naturists’ clubbing party at Point Ephémère, and the city’s first naturist restaurant opened just last year.
Whether you’re participating or simply attending for “intellectual observation”, make sure to mark your calendar.