Drums Beat, Colours Fly: The 78th Highlanders Annual Freedom of The City Parade

Freedom of the City Parade

Photo: Wally Hayes/NS Tourism

On Friday, August the 18th, 2017, the  78th Highlanders will practice a ceremony known as “Freedom of The City“.  This time-honoured tradition dates as far back as the Roman Empire, and was originally granted to military units that had gained the trust of a municipality. Trusted units were permitted to parade through the town with “drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.”

The 78th Highlanders begin their parade at 11:00 am inside the fort. Following the traditional firing of the noon gun, the entire unit will march to Grand Parade for a proclamation ceremony at 12:15 pm and then to Government House for inspection.

For more information on events and ongoing programming at the Halifax Citadel, call 902-426-5080 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/halifaxcitadel

78th Highlanders Freedom of The City Parade Details:

When: Friday, August 18th from 11:00am -12:45 pm
Where: Citadel Hill to Parade Square
Website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/halifaxcitadel
Phone: 902-426-5080


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