From 19 to 24 September, free-air enthusiasts gathered in Grenoble for an annual event. Imagine gliding gently through the sky, feeling the breeze caress your face as you fly over magnificent landscapes. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to the Coupe Icare, one of the world's most impressive paragliding events, to enjoy this feeling of freedom and excitement.
The Icarus Cup: A story of escape
The Icarus Cup takes its name from the Greek mythological character Icarus, who dared to fly too close to the sun with wings made of feathers and wax. Although the flight ended tragically, the Coupe Icare still takes place every year in the Saint-Hilaire valley. This event offers paragliding enthusiasts the opportunity to fly like birds.
Created in 1974, the paragliding festival has quickly developed into an annual event that attracts experienced pilots, amateurs, artists, craftsmen, musicians, and spectators from all walks of life. The Coupe Icare is a reward for creativity, ingenuity, and passion for aerial sports, rather than simply a free-flight competition.
Free flight in all its forms
The diversity of the Coupe Icare is what makes it unique. The event highlights all facets of free flight, from paragliding to base jumping to wingsuit flying. The event includes precision flying competitions, acrobatic flying demonstrations, and even creative fancy dress to add a bit of humor.
The "Parade of costumed pilots" is one of the Coupe Icare's most memorable events. Participants demonstrate their creativity by transforming themselves into fantastic creatures, superheroes, animals and much more. Let your imagination run wild because the sky is the limit at the Coupe Icare.
Exhibition and market
As well as impressive flight demonstrations, the Coupe Icare organizes an exhibition and market where the latest advances in paragliding and flying equipment are presented. In addition, local artisans will be selling unique handicrafts and souvenirs of the event from their stands.
How to take part in the Coupe Icare?
If you're passionate about paragliding or simply curious about the world of free flight, the Coupe Icare is the place to be.
The event usually takes place in September, in the beautiful valley of Saint-Hilaire, near Grenoble, in France. You can register as a pilot to take part in the competitions, or simply buy a ticket to watch the festivities as a spectator.
In conclusion, the Coupe Icare is much more than just a paragliding competition; it's a celebration of passion for free flight, creativity, and the spirit of adventure. It's an event where dreams of flying become reality, where the skies are transformed into a stage for paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world.
Don't miss your chance to join in this exceptional celebration and discover why the Coupe Icare continues to fascinate and inspire so many people every year.