Scotland - Edinburgh Military Tatto

by Kimp 14. October 2016 04:30

Welcome !!!

This entry was from my visit in 2014.

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Tattoo was the name of the military bugle call, used to signal the bartender's, to stop serving to Military members and to send them back to the base. Kind of a Military curfew. Today it's an elaborate show, involving theatrics and musical performances. 

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was started in 1950 and has been an annual event ever since, featuring about 10 military bands from different parts of the world, dancers, light shows, narration, military in action, fireworks, and lots of smiles.

The performance takes place on the castle esplanade, rain or shine, every weekday evening, and twice on Saturdays throughout the month of August.  

Besides the great music and professional bands, one if the nicest treats is that they show usually incorporates cultural dances from different countries that are in the tattoo.

Each year commemorates a particular organisation, anniversary, theme or event. The theme for 2014 was "Our Home, Friends and Family.". It portrays a going away party for military members, several different countries the military members visited while away, then the homecoming. 

Over 1,000 performers, 35 Zulu warrior's, 40 fiddlers, 45 steel drummers, and a multitude of UK Commandos. 

The level of professionalism in each act and dance was top shelf. Very impressive. There was a display of the UK's commando's with some pyrotechnics in the middle, and ample fireworks towards the end, capped off with a parade down the Royal Mile.

This show is televised to about 100 million viewers, but I was glad to be in attendance. Even if it was very cold. A Scotland Evening in August gets a bit brisk, and while it threatened rain, the rain held off. I was told, that usually isn't the case. Dress warm and bring a decent rain poncho (Rapmac in UK lingo), as umbrella's are not allowed.

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Thank you for reading.

I'll see you next time.

Craig

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Jimmer
10/17/2016 12:18:57 AM #

Great photos, especially in low light.  I visited there once, but they were just setting up the stands for the Tattoo, we were not there long enough to attend.  What a great mix of different cultures.  The Zulus ran amok for a short while and wiped out a big British column, then the Brits got serious and took charge.  I think Napoleon's grandson was a British officer who got caught in the open by the Zulus and it didn't end well for him.  I read if the warriors had known he was royalty, they would have spared his life.  Now the Zulus control the big political party in South Africa and are running the country into the ground.  Big chief Zuma, the president has several wives in the Zulu tradition and has gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar using government money to enhance his mansion and pool.

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