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Notes on Nova Scotia (continued)

Band mom of the year (Monday, July 1, 10:45 a.m.)

We're not sure if the title "Band Mom of the Year" exists, but if it does, we've found some pretty stiff competition. How cute is she?!

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Canada Day (Monday, July 1, 10:32 a.m.)

It's Canada Day--a time for Canadians to unfurl their maple leaf flags and don red and white hats and shirts to celebrate their national holiday. The tattoo also commemorates this day by putting on a parade. Cadets marched around Citadel Hill today as part of the celebration.

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Fans lined the street for the parade. And though those boys (pictured above) were pretty darling, they weren't our favourite parade goers. We prefer the ones in blue.

Let's hear it! C-I.... T-A... D-E-L!

 

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Tuba hug (Sunday, June 20, 5:24 p.m.)

So, what's a "tuba hug"? Well, we're really not sure, either. But, we know it happened and were there to catch it. Watch the video to see this surprised cadet receive his very first tuba hug.

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Seeing stars (Sunday, June 30, 5:18 p.m.)

The packed show was a huge success. Little fans hurried to the show floor after the performance to get a photo with the celebrities.

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And... does anyone recognize these guys? Not exactly the kind of uniforms we're used to around The Citadel. Day two of rehearsal, a few of our cadets were asked to be herald trumpeters. Those wigs are a far cry from the high and tights. And speaking of tights... there's another outfit they have to wear that includes, yep, you got it, tights!

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It's..... show time! (Sunday, June 30, 2:12 p.m.)

Finally, the time has come. Today is the real deal. Ticketholders are pouring into the arena as the performers make last-minute preparations.

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And what's better than seeing the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo? Having a treat while you watch!

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Fine tuning (Saturday, June 29, 1:04 p.m.)

When the musicians march onstage, their instruments have to be pitch-perfect. Every day, about an hour and a half before each performance, the bagpipers (there are more than 50!) get together in the arena to tune up. Major Dillahey plays a critical role in this important step.

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What does 50 bagpipes being tunes sound like? Play the video to find out. (Fair warning: it's loud!)

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They love us! They really love us! (Saturday, June 29, 7:01 a.m.)

Remember the earlier blog posts about the media visiting the tattoo? Well, here's a picture we found in one of the local newspapers.

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It's a wrap... for tonight, anyway (Friday, June 28, 10:01 p.m.)

In this video, cadets and other performers leave the floor and head backstage to begin packing up for the night. It's already 10 p.m. and most still haven't eaten since lunch.

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The equipment is both cumbersome and expensive. Instead of toting the instruments from and to the dorm every night, cadets lock up their instruments in big containers located beneath the bleachers.


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And though packing and changing can be a bit of a chore, the cadets are in high spirits, feeling good about the performance.

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Cuppa Joe (Friday, June 28, 3:43 p.m.)

On a cold, rainy day like today, there's nothing like a warm and fragrant coffee to get the engine running again. And while Starbucks is about as ubiquitous here as in the U.S., the cadets have taken the "when in Rome" approach. Tim Horton's is the coffee of choice around here.

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The Metro Centre Labyrinth (Friday, June 28, 12:12 p.m.)

We've spent long hours in this arena. In just a couple days, this place will be swarmed with ticket holders. But for now, the place is still largely empty. We've sniffed out a few of the access points, though some winding stairs can lead to locked doors and dead ends.

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And while we might occasionally find it hard to seek out an exit, there's also security hired to keep people out. When coming back from lunch, cadets knock on unmarked, handle-less door to get back inside. A security guard waits on the other side to let us in.

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With all the extra space, performers spread out to practice routines all over the arena. This group, called the OzScot, performs directly after The Citadel in the tattoo lineup.

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You may ask yourself, well, "how did I get here?" (Friday, June 29, 11:01 a.m.)

Every day, shuttles arrive near the Saint Mary's University dorm to cart the performers to the arena. It's about a 10 minute drive to the Halifax Metro Centre.

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It's raining, it's pouring, the cadets are snoring (Friday, June 29 7:28 a.m.)

Satisfied with the progress, the show's director told the cadets they aren't needed until 11 today. It's been a cold, wet morning--a perfect day for sleeping in. Here's a view of the weather as seen from one of the dorm rooms.

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TAC Officer Steve Smith skipped slapping the snooze button to tend to some chores. He's got his laundry card in hand--ready to tackle dirty clothes. The laundry facility is located on the second floor of our dorm (most of us are on the eighth and ninth floors).

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Where in the world (Thursday, June 27, 6:12 p.m.)

To give you an idea where the cadets are (and have been since early this morning), here are some pictures of Citadel Hill. Yep, Citadel Hill. It's a fort located on top of a hill that overlooks the harbour. It just so happens that this Canadian national monument is on the other side of the street from the Halifax Metro Centre. We've spied the word "Citadel" in some interesting places. An order of the Citadel fries, please!

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