The Changing the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill is a colorful spectacle with music and one of the tourist attractions of Ottawa, Canada.
From late June to late August the parade takes place every day at 10:00 am in front of the parliament buildings. The Ceremonial Guard consists of two regiments, the Governor General’s Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards.
The guards are mostly students, primary reservists in the Canadian Forces. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is the only replica of the ceremony at Buckingham Palace in North America.
As a non-Brit one is skeptically towards the spectacle. Only, when one is dealing with Canadian history, you realize that the British have won major battles against a numerically superior opponent and you can recognize the meaning of these parades. Reason for the military superiority was their discipline and exact implementation of what has been learned in exercises.
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