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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Halifax, Canada

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.”

If you’re thinking “one of these things is not like the others,” you’re right!  One of the members of the Rullest roller skate team from Estonia is looking down at the ground and not at the camera.  Good eyes, all of you astute and observant readers!

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.

The epic Grande Finale that is the highlight of every Tattoo.  Every one of the major performers is on the stage at the same time in a fantastically choreographed closing scene that has everyone in the audience on their feet.

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:

6 comments on “Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Halifax, Canada

  1. rachelynne
    August 21, 2012

    I saw the Edinburgh Tattoo a couple years ago and it was incredible. I’m planning to go back to visit Halifax in the next few years and I’ll have to plan my trip around this! It looks incredible. So glad I came across your post!

    • bucketdave
      August 21, 2012

      Thanks Rachel! This is the whole reason I started this blog – to give interested travellers (travelers, in your case) something to dream about! This is officially my best comment yet.

  2. rommel
    August 21, 2012

    Bwahahaha. No, i did not notice it. I thought the odd one out is the guy. Bwahahahah. I went for the obvious. That’s a lot of entertainers to watch. I would be interesting the marching band the most.

    • bucketdave
      August 21, 2012

      Yes, this is a good example of “different strokes for different folks.” You like the marching bands, I like the gymnasts, everybody wins!

  3. hariqhuang
    August 21, 2012

    What a cool event! I’ve never seen a “tattoo” before. I think I’ll be checking out the YouTube for more videos about “tattoo”. 😀

    • bucketdave
      August 22, 2012

      YouTube is a great place to see many videos. You’ll really enjoy them. I recommend checking out “Flying Grandpas.” They’re funny!

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