Terry, Doug & Roxie's Canadian Maritime Trip 2013 travel blog

Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Opening Ceremony

South Carolina Citadel

Germany Stunt Motorcyclists

Nova Scotia's Children's Choir Singing Tribute to Sandy Hook

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony


At 11 AM we had a bus come to the campground and pick us up to take us into Halifax. We had a Yankee pre-"Tattoo" meal at the beautiful Prince George Hotel. It was a wonderful first class elegant meal. After the meal we had free time until we walked across the street to the see the Tattoo.

The Tattoo is presented annually by the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society with support from the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Corporate Community.

In the 17th century Dutch villages, drummers marched through the streets summoning British soldiers to return to their quarters from the taverns and inns. A drumbeat signalling innkeepers to "doe den tap toe" or 'turn off the taps" was shortened to "tattoo". The phrase now means the amazing entertainment highlighted by marching bands, hundreds of musicians, acrobats, dancers and military competitions. The Nova Scotia Tattoo was first held in 1979 to mark the visit of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to Nova Scotia for the International Gathering of the Clans. The unique and varied talent of hundreds of Canadian and international military and civilian performers makes the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo the world's largest annual indoor show.

The Tattoo was held at the Halifax Metro Centre at the Hockey Rink. This year the countries that participated besides Canada were Germany, Australia, and the United States. The bands, music, singing, acrobats, dancers, etc. were all amazing and everyone was clapping and enjoying the performances. There were only two standing ovations. One was the finale but the first one, that I believe even lasted longer, was the tribute that was given to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. A children's choir sang "Hallelujah" while the pictures of all the children and teachers who were victims of that shooting showed on the large screen. There were very few dry eyes in the arena.

Because of our electric going out at our site at the campground for the past two days, we left Roxie over to Clarence and Sandy's motorhome to spend the day with their dog Trip. We commented that we wished we had a webcam to see what they did while we were gone. Neither Roxie or Trip told us what went on, but nothing looked out of place.



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