Now don't get me wrong - this was pretty good but there were some issues. The tickets said be seated by 7:30 and the parade didn't start until after 9 - so all in all we sat on bleachers (they are padded thank goodness) for over 3 hours on the hot DC evening.
Once the parade gets started the marines are great, the two bands are really good, and the overall ceremony is very nice.
The best part for me is when the enlisted marines come into the stands and introduce themselves, and tell the crowd about the barracks at 8&i. If these guys and gals are representative of America's youth we're in pretty good hands! If you get there early and get the top row of the bleachers you can sit back against the fence which is a little more comfortable, and the higher you are in the bleachers the better your view.
If you’re there in the summer (I think that’s the only time they do these) wear comfortable clothing cause you’re sweat – bleachers are packed tight and it’s hot.
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