I attended my first Evening Parade at MB 8th & I in 1969 when attending Marine Security Guard School (then at Henderson Hall) and several parades since then. In 1969, entering the Barracks grounds from 8th St was like walking onto a different planet because the area was still affected by the 1968 riots. While the parade shows no "trick drill" (except in the Silent Drill Platoon sequence), the "parade rest" position is straight out of the 19th c. drill manuals, and they have eliminated the Dismissal of Officers at the end, instead having all the troops just march off after the Pass in Review. What was fun for me was seeing well-drilled troops in full dress performing the parade. Of course, that's all the Marine Barracks ceremonial marchers do, so it's no wonder that they're very good. The Barracks and its various components have existed since 1801, and I have seen photos of Barracks Marines on dress parade from the Civil War. I consider the Friday night Evening Parade to be the best free (i.e., your tax dollars at work) event in DC in the summer. I highly recommend it, if you can get reservations.
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