Royal tradition and military pageantry will be on display when the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) mounted troop perform in Victoria this weekend.

Following the 159th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park this Saturday, May 21st, the troop will perform its ‘Soldiers of the Queen’ musical ride and cavalry drills later that evening.

Emerging from a two year hiatus resulting from COVID public health restrictions, the Victoria Military Music Festival Society announced it will present a Military Music Spectular and Sunset Ceremony at Topaz Park, as part of the Provincial capital’s Victoria Day Weekend celebrations.

This free to the public event is a tightly woven 80 minute spectacle of music and movement to recognize the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee—and if you can’t make it, Victoria Buzz plans to bring the event to you with a livestream on our Facebook page.

The assembled cast features the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, Massed Military Pipes & Drums, the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment Ceremonial Mounted Troop, the Canadian Forces Parachute Team “The Sky Hawks”, and the University of Washington Huskies Marching Band.

The performance starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free to the Highland games site after 6 p.m.

Featured performances will include:

  • The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Canadian Armed Forces Massed Military Pipes & Drums
  • The Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment Ceremonial Mounted Troop Musical Ride
  • The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team “The Sky Hawks”
  • The University of Washington Huskies Marching Band

“We are looking forward to live performances once again and are thrilled to be working with the Victoria Highland Games Association to provide a week-end of fun, celebration and entertainment”, said Roger McGuire, Chairman of the Victoria Military Music Festival Society.

This event is presented with support from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, the City of Victoria and in partnership with the Victoria Highland Games Association.

Military Sunset Ceremony – Victoria Highland Games

  • When: Starts at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m., Saturday May 21st
  • Where: Topaz Park, Topaz Ave & Finlayson Street & Blanshard Street,

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