The Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. starts at 8:45 p.m. Gates are open from 7 to 8 p.m. The ceremony, 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. Whether they be aboard ships, in foreign embassies, at recruit depots, in divisions, or in the many positions and places where Marines serve, the individual Marine continually tells the story of the Corps.



The 2021 Parade Season is here! Beginning Friday, May 21, Evening Parades will be open to the public at a limited capacity. Navigate to the “Parade Schedule & Reservations tab to reserve your tickets. Marine Barracks Washington will continue to follow DoD guidelines and CDC recommendations in order to ensure the safety of the Marines, Sailors, and our community.

Due to guidance from the DoD and CDC, masks are no longer required for guests who have been fully vaccinated. Guests who are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks following the final dose) are required by DoD guidelines to wear a mask and maintain 6 ft. distance from personnel who are not from the same domicile family. Persons displaying any of the following symptoms are asked to not attend the parade: nausea, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea.

Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates. As restrictions continue to lift, Marine Barracks Washington looks forward to safely opening parade capacity further.



Unfortunately, there are no public parking spaces provided by Marine Barracks Washington. However, metered parking is available in southeast D.C. near the barracks. MBW encourages the use of public transportation (Uber, Lyft, taxis, and metro) for guests attending the Friday Evening Parades. Directions to the Barracks can be located on the “Parade Directions tab.



Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., is within easy walking distance (four blocks south) of the Metro's Eastern Market exit (blue/orange/silver 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."


inclement weather 

Due to weather, parades can be cancelled.  Because Marine Barracks Washington D.C. is dedicated to showcasing ceremonial excellence, typically a Sunset or Evening Parade will not be canceled until right before show time. Please go to our Facebook page for immediate information about parade cancelations. 


weapons policy

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.