Aug. 28, 2001
Citadel announces 2001-02 parade schedule
It's the best free show around.
Friday afternoon parades at The Citadel attract thousands of people to The Military College of South Carolina.
The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great. For the most part, drill procedures and movements on the parade field were identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield in the past.
The traditions of U.S. military reviews and parades began at Valley Forge. At that time, brigades of soldiers were formed in order of battle. Modern day ceremonies are conducted to render honors, preserve tradition and foster espirit de corps.
At various times throughout the year The Citadel's parades are used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable people.
Parades are free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is limited so it's recommended that visitors arrive early. A limited amount of visitor parking is available on campus.
Here's this year's schedule: