We happened to be in the Marais on Gay Pride Day June 2006. We usually stay on the Left Bank when visiting Paris, but had just returned for one night after a week in Provence and decided to stay near the Gare de Lyon. That way, we would be able to walk to our hotel from the train station, eliminating a costly taxi ride. I expected a quiet night, having dinner near our hotel and turning in early since we were catching our flight back home the next morning. What was I thinking?? We were in Paris, andwhen you are in Paris, and when it's your last night in Paris, YOU DO NOT TURN IN EARLY! We arrived at our hotel, threw down our luggage, and we were out of there.