Military Tattoo Parade in Sligo was an exciting gala event

There was great excitement in Sligo Town with the return of the Military Tattoo Parade last Saturday.

Featuring a march with bagpipes, the parade was organized by the 28th Infantry Battalion Association in cooperation with Sligo County Council and Sligo BID.

Crowds gathered to see defense forces and musicians marching on a route starting at Abbey Stret and ending at Quay Street Car Park.

With an extensive program of events throughout the weekend, it was a fantastic showcase for anyone interested in military history.

Things started on Saturday morning with an exhibition including Lest Sligo Forgets featuring the Lisbellaw & South Fermanagh World Wars Society: WW1 Memorabilia and Medal Display.

The parade started at 2:00 p.m. and included the Defense Forces Colors Party. Veterans on parade. Bagpipes from IUNVA (Irish UN Veterans (Dublin), Sion Mills (Tyrone), Ardaghey (Donegal), Clabby (Fermanagh). Military vehicles on parade.

Some post-parade events included a display of military vehicles with bands IMVG and UMVC, an Irish military re-enactment, a presentation on the Siege of Jadotville, and a 2nd Brigade concert at the Clayton Hotel with a 30-piece band.

Sunday’s re-enactment of the Company of Foote (Napoleonic-era soldiers), display of weapons, uniforms and flags from the Oireash Historical Services 1600/1700 era, and the Swingtime Starlets, a trio of singers in WWII era uniform.

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