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The Mayor & Dave in front of City Hall

Freedom of the City Parade

The annual Freedom of the City Parade drew lots of interested onlookers & was quite impressive.

The practice of granting military units Freedom of the City dates back to the 17th century. Historically, allowing soldiers to march through the city boundaries was a mark of the trust of the civic government had in the unit. In more recent times, the wartime service of military units has often resulted in this honour being bestowed by a grateful city.

The 78th Highlanders are a key interpretive program provided by Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association. The unit accepted the honour of Freedom of the City first in 1999 as a tribute to all British military units that served in Halifax from 1749 to 1906. On August 22nd, this privilege was reaffirmed by Mayor Peter Kelly.

The event was a worthy Halifax tradition, with the pageantry and colours of our 78th Highlanders parade through the streets with colours flying, bayonets fixed and drums beating.

The 78th Highlanders began forming at the Halifax Citadel around 11 am. At 12:00, just after the Noon Gun, the Highlanders marched the streets of Halifax to City Hall.

At Grand Parade, City Hall there was a ceremony where Mayor Peter Kelly
inspected the regiment and reaffirmed the regiment's Freedom of the City.

For more information, please contact the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada: Alannah Phillips (902) 426-7388.

Photos by Andy Chabassol

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