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When is a Tattoo, not a tattoo?


By tlmcirish
Joined: Feb 2, 2007
Posts: 3

Posted on: October 10, 2008 at 12:55PM

Each August, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a part of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Since it takes place during the three week festival, it is imperative that you plan well in advance to obtain rooms and tickets. The celebration in the streets is reminiscent of Mardi Gras, with performers of every bent and caliber, to be found on and around the streets and courtyards of the Royal Mile. There are book festivals, mimes, students just out for fun and an abundance of choices for plays and music. But the most incredible event is the Military Tattoo, performed at Edinburgh Castle. If you can make the arrangements, up to 10 months early, there is a way to obtain wonderful seats to this performance. If you apply to the Friends of the Tattoo website for membership, (www.edintattoo.co.uk) generally by October, when the seats go on sale for the following year, "Friends" are entitled to priority submission of ticket requests. You can obtain up to six tickets, which are then sent to you several months later. The castle courtyard hosts Military Bands, from all over the world, and the competition to be invited is fierce. The performers march out of the fortress, with music and lights, displayed against the powerful backdrop of the castle walls. The bagpipe performances were meant to be heard in surroundings such as these. The finale is a lone bagpiper, high on the castle ramparts, playing with such skill and emotion, the crowd was stunned. When we attended, it rained, until a few minutes into the performance. As we were waiting outside, cold and wet, one member of our group expressed his feelings about whether the Tattoo would be worth the effort and discomfort. When the lights came up, and the music commenced, in that perfect arena, all our discomfort was forgotten. The event lives with us all, as one of the most rare - and impressive - experiences of our lives. We were fortunate to capture some of those moments on camera, and one of the pictures is superb. I look at it every day, and it is a reminder, not only of the event itself, but what we might have missed, had we not stuck it out when things got uncomfortable. report a problem

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