Top 8 things to know about rallies, these evenings of the rich

If you don’t come from the 16th arrondissement of Paris or don’t go on vacation to Biarritz/Saint-Tropez/Ile de Ré, you’ve come to the right place because you probably don’t know anything about social rallies (those who come from these areas probably do not read Topito anyway). Yes, because rallies are one of those things that only the rich have and do. However, we do not really know if we should envy them these downright stuck fiak evenings (jealousy is a bad flaw).

1. World rallies come from car rallies

If social rallies existed from the beginning of the 20th century, it was at the end of the Second World War, in the 1950s, that they became more democratic because arranged marriages no longer suited the young bourgeois of the time. (we understand them a little at the same time). The origin of the rallies goes back to the dance evenings which were held at the end of the car races (the car rallies), organized by the aristocracy with the aim of encouraging meetings between people from the same milieu. Today, these meetings are a real tradition for aristo families.

2. The purpose of these rallies was to find a partner from the same background for their child

As in the grand balls organized by the parents of wealthy families to find a husband for their daughter/a wife for their son a few centuries ago, rallies have long been a meeting place for the fat rich. Today, they are mainly used to meet people to increase their address book and create a network. This explains why a good number of participants in rallies are registered in the social directory (a directory of wealthy people), the directory of the Polo de Paris or even the directory of company administrators.

3. Rallies have names

The associations or companies that organize social rallies give names to the different promotions of their rally according to a chosen theme. We find for example in the Château rallies the Chambord and Amboise rallies, or in the Stone rallies the Tourmaline or Opale rallies. Can’t wait to create a rally with the theme of late-night dishes to organize a pti kebab rally for his mother and a big taco rally for his dead.

4. Registration doesn’t have to be very expensive

On average, registration for a rally costs around one hundred euros. But first, you have to know someone in the organization to have a chance of joining these meetings. And then, what is expensive is the organization of the activities, but above all, the dance evenings which are almost obligatorily organized by the girls of the rallies (finally their mother especially). For one of these evenings, you can easily spend between €3,000 and €10,000, or even much more depending on the importance of the rally in which you find yourself. Well yes eh, it would have been more missed that it was free for it to be the door open to the arrival of anyone eh !!

5. The rally cycle starts very young

To avoid being on the waiting list, some parents register their children for rallies from the age of 8 (it’s never too early to find a[e] joint[e]…). The cycle begins on average at age 12 for girls and a year or two later for boys. During single-sex outings, they do cultural or sports activities for two years. Then, they meet for a year for card games, casino or billiards. During their fourth year in the rally, they meet every month to learn how to dance the waltz, the madison, but especially rock. The families of the boys receive at this time. Then, until the end of high school, or even during the first year of higher education, the families of the girls organize dance evenings twice a month. I challenge you to understand everything about this hyper veuch-driven organization.

6. There are rules to follow

Bravo, you have finally entered a rally! But beware, there is no question of wiping your old fingers on the tablecloth like at Tatie’s and leaving to smoke your pétou like a rascal. There are rules to apply so as not to be excluded like a vile villager. You must first sign a charter of propriety on arrival in the rally, always reply by post to invitations received, introduce yourself to the guests and thank them on leaving and come with (real) correct attire (exit the polo Ralph Lauren at the dances buddy). But I didn’t tell you the best: the boys have to invite the girls to dance and the girls have to accept. Wow what an honor.

7. There is a difference between “Province” rallies and Parisian rallies

If they remain stilted (yes I still say this word, it is appropriate), the provincial rallies, which are found both in large cities like Toulouse, Lyon or Rennes and in smaller cities such as Angers or Tours , are more family friendly than the Parisian rallies. The cycle of these rallies only begins with dance lessons and it is here the families who receive and cook (well yes because in the Parisian rallies, there are caterers and waiters, hun!). They are also smaller committees: less than a hundred people for sometimes more than 700 in the Parisian rallies. But hey, there are still things that don’t change, such as the presence of darons in the “parents’ corner” reserved for them during dance evenings and the frequent alcoholic comas of young people since the champagne is in the open bar. For good behavior, we will come back.

8. There are rallies for people over 30 who are still single

You haven’t found a pearl on your neck or a shoe for your feet yet? Do not panic. If you’re one of those families who pays more taxes than I earn, and you’ve been to rallies before, there are special parties for 30-somethings desperate to hook up with someone his rank (because hey, you may be hopeless cases, but you shouldn’t mess around by mixing with the plebs either). The only constraint: having someone from Topito’s editorial team as a witness at the wedding to thank us for having spread the news.

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