The IN GUARDIA PARADE is a re-enactment that portrays an authentic event that took place regularly inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo . The re-enactment portrays the inspection of the St. Johns Cavalier in the town of Birgu and its garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St. John in charge of military affairs. During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the forts garrison – some 55 re-enactors – are kitted-out in their finest uniforms and perform a military drill demonstrating to the Grand Bailiff the garrisons state of readiness in the event of a military threat.
The show starts at 11.00 hrs. & lasts 45 minutes and will be held be held be held at St. John's Cavalier (close to Couvre Porte), in Birgu (Vittoriosa).
Tickets at the gate:
Adults : EUR7
Children (6 -12 years) and Students:EUR3
One may be able to visit part of the fort prior or following the re-enactment. The re-enactments are held according to schedule as above. However, in case of inclement weather or else due to some unforeseen circumstance the event may be cancelled without prior notice. When in doubt it is best to contact the Tourist Information Office at Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta on tel: 00356 22915440/1/2.
Bus no.2 or no.3 leaves Bay 14 at Valletta Bus Terminus, every 15 minutes or so to reach Birgu in c. half an hour. Both buses stop close by the bridge that connects the town of Birgu with the town of Bormla. The bus stop is called Cafe Riche. Bus no 3 continues further on to Kalkara.
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