The ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. starts at 8:45 p.m., beginning with a concert by the United States Marine Band. The Evening Parade, held every Friday evening during the summer, has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline, and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The story of the ceremony reflects the story of Marines throughout the world. Whether they be aboard ships, in foreign embassies, at recruit depots, in divisions, or in the many positions and places where Marines project their image, the individual Marine continually tells the story of the Corps.
How To Make Parade Reservations
Seating for the Evening Parade generally requires a reservation. Parade reservations can be requested online by accessing the Parade Reservations page (requires email). Written (or faxed) reservation requests are appropriate for groups 11 or more. Telephonic reservations are not accepted.
The request should include the name of the party (either group or individual); the number of guests in the party; a complete return address; and a point of contact with a telephone number. An alternate parade date should be included in the request in case the first date requested is unavailable. Approval for reservation requests will be sent via Confirmation e-Ticket. Marine Barracks Washington will no longer be sending confirmation responses by regular mail in order to ensure guests receive their information in a timely and more efficient manner. If you have made Evening Parade reservations on-line and did not receive an email response by two weeks prior to the dates requested, please contact our office for confirmation and any additional information.
Faxed requests should be sent to the Protocol Director at (202) 433-4076.
Mailed requests should be addressed to:
Marine Barracks Washington
8th and "I" Streets, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20390-5000
Guests with reservations are admitted beginning at 7:00 p.m., and should arrive no later than 8 p.m. At approximately 8:15 p.m., guests without reservations who are waiting outside the main gate of the Barracks are offered unclaimed seats.
Guests may park at Maritime Plaza, where a free shuttle service is provided to and from the Barracks. There are no public parking spaces available at the Barracks.
Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., is within easy walking distance (four blocks south) of the Metro's Eastern Market exit (blue/orange lines) at Pennsylvania and 8th Street, SE. A variety of restaurants and shops are conveniently located along the way to the "Oldest Post of the Corps."
Please note that weapons are not permitted at Marine Barracks Washington, except for officially credentialed federal law enforcement agents, to include D.C. Metropolitan Police. Any form of weapon, to include, but not limited to, knives, pocket tools, firearms, stun guns, batons and mace, will be confiscated prior to any Evening Parade. Nonfederal law enforcement officials may turn side arms over to the Barracks guards prior to the parade. Any other visitors carrying firearms will not be permitted to enter. Any confiscated items will be held by Barracks guards and returned at the conclusion of the parade.