Soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard put on a spectacular show at Fortissimo: Beating Retreat Ceremony nightly on Parliament Hill this Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20. FREE!
Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular created for the lawns of Parliament Hill featuring massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard. It is a showcase event in the Nation’s Capital that has drawn thousands of spectators since it began in 1997.
Fortissimo is based on two evening routines once carried out by soldiers every day. The first occurred at sunset, when soldiers fired evening guns, withdrew into fortified camps and cities, locked the gates, and as the sun set and darkness approached, lowered the flag for the night. This was called the Retreat.
The second routine followed at or near dusk when the night watch was set. Rounds were made to check the sentries (with drum or bugle calls to indicate when the “First Post” and the “Last Post” sentries were in place).
Dates: July 18 to 20, 2019
7 p.m. on Parliament Hill.
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