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The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is an annual week-long extravaganza that happens in early July every year. Every summer, marching bands, acrobats, and dance troupes from around the world descend on Halifax to put on the “largest indoor show in the world” and the second largest military tattoo in the world. Check out the promo video below to get a better idea.
Wikipedia informs me that military tattoos derive their name from an interesting practice in the 17th Century. Apparently British soldiers in Holland were informed of their obligation to be back at the base each night by the sound of a drummer marching through the streets playing the drum beat doe den tap toe. Roughly translated it means “turn off the taps.”
Today, tattoos are colourful, exciting spectacles, and perhaps none more exciting than the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (it was given the “Royal” designation by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004). Today the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo has evolved to include acts from all around the world, and has endeavoured to foster international bonds of friendship every year as well as commemorate significant military anniversaries.
In my opinion, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is the most fun you can have in Halifax. When you’re in Halifax, make sure you check out the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
As a special bonus, check out this video from one of my favourite acts – the amazing tumbling troupe, Talentholdet from Denmark: