Paris Total Solar Eclipse 2024

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This page is a work in progress. More information will be added as the day of the eclipse approaches. Please check back repeatedly as April 8, 2024, nears.

eclipse stages imageAbout The Total Solar Eclipse

According to NASA, a total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. NASA offers a full eclipse overview.

The Path of Totality is the area of a Total Solar Eclipse where the Sun is totally eclipsed by the Moon. Areas not in the path of totality will only see varying degrees of partial eclipse and possibly no change.

After April 8, 2024, The next Total Solar Eclipse to fall anywhere on the lower 48 United States won't occur until 2044. Paris will not be in the path of totality for another total solar eclipse in the next 100+ years.

The 2024 eclipse is considered "the granddaddy of eclipses" due to the length of time the Moon will eclipse the Sun. This eclipse will last four minutes and three seconds in Paris. In comparison, an eclipse that fell over a path from Oregon to South Carolina in 2017 had a maximum eclipse time of only two minutes and forty seconds.

The 2017 eclipse drew more than 17 million viewers into the path of totality. With the longer time of totality, the 2024 estimates indicate up to 30 million people, including as many as 70% of the total population of Texas, will seek locations in the path of totality to view this spectacular cosmic happening.

It is impossible to know exactly what areas in the path of totality should expect in regard to visitors. Most hotels, short-term rental locations, RV parks and campgrounds are requiring minimum stays of 3 to 5 nights starting as early as Thursday, April 4, 2024.

The highway system connecting to the Paris area is also conducive to a large number of "day trippers" from Oklahoma, North Central and Northwestern Texas, and parts of Louisiana.

Paris and Lamar County residents have no reason to panic. It is important to anticipate potential disruption to daily routines, not unlike the disruptions experienced during an extended ice event in the area.

This page is intended to share information with Paris and Lamar County residents about the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Check back for updates as more information will be added. The City of Paris will be sharing important information for residents. Information will include how the use of city properties and facilities may be affected by the eclipse, information for event planners, how citizens can be ready for disruption to typical daily activities and more.

  • Paris and Lamar County residents are encouraged to have at least five days worth of medications, food and other daily necessities on hand several days in advance of the eclipse weekend. Tourists are likely to be shopping in local stores and dining at area restaurants which may limit the availability of some items.
  • Fill up your vehicles before the weekend. Travelers will also be seeking to refuel their vehicles before leaving the area.
  • If you have friends or relatives planning to visit you to view the eclipse, encourage them to stay through Monday evening and return to their homes on Tuesday following the eclipse.
  • Plan your viewing location ahead of time. Be mindful of things like street lights because they will activate during the period leading up to the eclipse and can limit your ability to fully enjoy the eclipse.
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What to Expect

  • More patrons than is typical at local stores and restaurants
  • traffic congestion
  • limited availability of supplies
  • visitors seeking information, be friendly and ready to share your favorite places to shop and eat that make Paris unique.
  • Internet and Cell Phone networks may be affected by higher-than-usual demand.

Local Eclipse Events

A website dedicated to sharing information about public events related to the eclipse is available at ParisSolarEclipse.com. Anyone planning events, renting parking areas or other tourism-related offerings should contact the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce to request that their event be added to ParisSolarEclipse.com.

Anyone considering hosting events, offering parking locations or accommodations should consult Paris City Ordinances, state and federal laws. Links to some specific city ordinances that may affect event planning will be added to this page in the near future.

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Paris Metro bus service will be operational Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Eclipse Preparation Meeting

The City of Paris hosted an eclipse preparation meeting on September 19, 2023, at Love Civic Center. Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, educator and researcher in earth and physical sciences, astronomy and archeology, provided expert information from his observation and research of previous total solar eclipse events via a live video conference feed. A recording of the presentation is available below. 

Video Segments

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00:00 - Introduction
02:40 - About the 2024 Total Eclipse
06:03 - Traffic Congestion
07:50 - Considerations for Paris / Lamar County Residents
10:05 - What happens during a total solar eclipse?
14:02 - How rare is the 2024 total solar eclipse?
15:26 - Eclipse science
19:23 - The Path of Totality & lodging along the path
26:16 - What will it be like on April 8, 2024 in Paris, Texas?
28:02 - how are humans and animals affected by a total solar eclipse?
33:23 - What do you need to view the eclipse?
43:49 - Types of visitors seeking to view the eclipse
48:47 - All the planets
51:55 - Weather forecasting
53:37 - Traffic considerations
58:50 - Stess to infrastructure and systems
1:01:14 - Benefits of tourism / event ideas
1:10:00 - Question and Answer session