The Evening Parade display is an amazing amount of control and precision throughout its entire 75 minutes which features performances by the United States Marine Band known as the "President's Own," the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as the "Commandant's Own," and the Unites States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. There are several parades held each Friday evening between the beginning of May and the End of August. The ceremony begins at 8:45pm and continues until 10:00pm with a presentation from the Marine Band.
Although all parades are free, you will need to make a reservation in order to have a seat for the Evening Parade. Once you have a reservation, you will be admitted to the parade grounds at 7pm on the date of your reservation. Around 8:10pm, any guests waiting outside who do not have a reservation will be allowed to claim seats. So please do not arrive later than 8pm because seating may not be available at that time regardless of reservation.
Unfortuneately, there is no public parking permitted at the barracks. You may park at Maritime Plaza, where a free shuttle service is provided to and from the Marine Barracks. The first shuttle leaves Maritime Plaza at 7 pm, and the last shuttle departs the Barracks at 11 pm after the parade.
Making a Reservation
You may reserve seating in one of three methods: writing, fax, or email. Once you have requested a reservation, you will be contacted with a response based on availability, ticket information, etc. Remember that you will not need to purchase a ticket, but you will need to make a reservation to reserve your seat.
All requests should include the name of the person or group, the number of guests, an address to mail the tickets, and a contact reference complete with reachable telephone number and email address. Please include an alternate date to reserve in the request in case the primary date requested is fully booked or unavailable.
To mail your request please address mail reservation or ticket requests to the following:
Marine Barracks, 8th and I Streets, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20390-5000
To fax in your request you may send it to the Protocol Officer at 1-202-433-4076.
You may also reserve a spot online by emailing an officer online at www.mbw.usmc.mil.
Confirmations and gate assignments for reservation requests will be made by return mail to the address provided by you. For additional information about the Evening Parade, times, dates, or schedules, you may call the parade information line at 1-202-433-6060.
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