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“USMC Evening Parade - Precision at its finest”

Marine Barracks Washington, 8th and I
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Just a few short blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station, you'll find the U.S. Marine Barracks, what we Marines call "8th & I".

On Friday evenings, from approximately May through approximately August, the Marines stationed here put on precision drill performances. If you've seen the beginning sequences of the movie "A Few Good Men", you've gotten a very short glimpse of what these Marines can do.

Tickets for the performances are free. However, you MUST go online and request tickets. This is to assure that they don't get too many attendees for any one performance.

Once you have your ticket, you'll find the Gate you need to enter & stand in line for a little while. After you enter your gate, you'll be given a short welcoming address by a marine. He'll point out restroom and water thermos locations. Then it's on to your seats!

Pageantry, music, the rifle manual-of-arms! Only these marines do it with an unsheathed, fixed, bayonet!

There is a very small (about 20' x 25') souvenir store, (just ask any marine for directions) but they don't have typical USMC fare. Since this is the oldest post in the Marine Corps, and this post was started in 1801, everything there deals with 1801 style advertising/design.

If you are a marine/former marine, military buff...you will absolutely love this!

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This was my first year seeing the evening parade after hearing about it for many. It was an awesome time. The history, pomp and circumstance, pageantry and beauty was fantastic. The Marines and sailors did a terrific job and were extremely professional but also displayed a side of themselves that you never think about. They were very personable, funny, informative and warm. I plan on going every year for now on. Can't wait to one day take my grandson.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Every Friday night, from April through August, the Marine Corps Barracks, the oldest Marine Base in the country, has a Parade Review (used to be called a "Tattoo"). Two of the best marching bands, the Marine Corps Band and the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, perform, and the troops parade. The rifle inspection is not to be missed!. Get there early, because before the actual Parade Review, Marines explain the history of the Barracks, and "warm-up" the crowd with Marine "ooh-rahs". There are several great restaurants in the area, so come for an early dinner, then settle in for a great show. As with most attractions in D.C., admission is free.

Thank JGTripper
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The Friday night parade was not something we had ever heard of until we saw it listed on Tripadvisor, and we are so glad we saw it there for it was one of our most favorite things from our week in DC. We requested tickets online in advance which gave us guaranteed entry and seating in the bleachers at the end of the parade ground. While our seats weren't front and center, we still had a great view and were able to enjoy all of the parade. If you go, I recommend parking at Maritime Plaza and taking the shuttle to the barracks for it was super convenient and free! The night we attended SecNav was the special guest and the parade doubled as the official naming ceremony for a new ship, so it seemed to run longer than others have said it does. It was bordering on pretty late for our kids, but we all very much enjoyed it. The crowd educators who talked with us while we waited were great, too.

Thank StLouisMom3
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We were the lucky guests of a Master Sargent to this event last Friday. Spectacular display of the military at its finest. The bands are great and the silent riffle drills are impressive.Needless to say everyone is very polite.

Thank travelsalotAlbanyNy
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