Got a good shot of these sailors who were smartly dressed for the parade.
Had been to the Military Tattoo this year at Edinburgh. This happens to be on the bucket list for many and so was it for us. We were there well in advance and it was nice to see the stands getting filled up slowly.
While walking up the Royal Mile towards the castle, I turned back and clicked the sea of humanity who were all going in the same direction.
The lineup of participants included 250 pipers and drummers, and contingents from Japan, India, UK and US . You could see the flags of all the participating nations fluttering around the Esplanade.
I learned later that the stands at the Esplanade can be assembled or dismantled within a month. The seats were quite comfortable but some liked to have additional cushions, which were available on hire at a cost of one pound.
The Tattoo starts off with the ceremony of theGaelic Toast, where the Piper and the Salute taker have a Quaich (Scottish drinking cup) of whisky. The Piper recites the Gaelic Toast (welcoming the Salute taker to the castle, wishing him, the Queen and everyone present the best) and then they drink together. They have to then kiss the bottom of the Quaich as a sign that no whisky is left behind and wasted.
The Marines stand at ease while the ceremony goes on.
As the night progressed there were projections on the castle which were mostly related to the story enacted or the parade.
The Indian Naval band appeared with Commander Vijay Charles and 65 musician sailors. There was an array of colourful dancers who danced to Vande Matram. Later, to my surprise they started playing Bollywood numbers.
As for the Japanese, they had the Ground Self Defence Force Central Band with some special performance on the drums.
The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland told the story of the Jacobites through the breathtaking piece “Ambush in the Glen”
The Royal Navy towed in a Helicopter to add to the effect of a search and destroy operation.
I think the light and the sound effect played a major role in the whole show.
We were lucky to get our seats in row K section 5 from where I could capture some of the action with my point and shoot camera.
After editing / splicing and joining the snippets, it runs for about 41 minutes. It will give you a glimpse of the actual performance which ran for about 100 minutes. At the end of the Tattoo, all the participants come on to the Esplanade and they march out through the Royal Mile.