Tattoo Tips for Celtic Fans
2017 VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO TIPS
WHERE TO SIT?
Lower Level 200
The lower 200 level seats are just close enough. They give you a great view of the show’s spectacular movements and displays, plus you’ll have a great view of all of the pipers and dancers.
WHERE TO EAT?
Hullabaloo – Daily
There is something for everyone, from pizza to pretzels, from hotdogs to gyros, from smoothies to craft beer. Average Price: $8 -15 per person. Enjoy your meal in a festive atmosphere. There are plenty of seats and tables around the plaza. Try Music & Might Red Ale, an O’Connor Brewing Company special brew created for the Tattoo! Also check out nearby favorites like Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant and Murphy’s Irish Pub at the Beach.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE SHOW?
Pipes and Drums
So many pipers and drummers performing together and they only just met on Sunday! Check out the 1st Battalion Scots Guards from the UK, The Pipes and Drums of Christchurch City from New Zealand, the Scotch College Adelaide Pipe Band from Australia, Canadian Forces Base Trenton 8 Wing Pipes and Drums.
Believe it or not, these 50 fantastic Irish Dancers are from the region - The Reel Thing Irish Dance and Rhythm of Irelands Irish Dance.
Check out the guy wearing the red uniform and bearskin hat who is leading the pipes and drums. In addition to being the Pipes & Drums Drum Major for the Tattoo, he is also the Drum Major for the 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.
Hector the Hero on Pipes and Drums
This classic lament was written by Scottish composer and fiddler James Scott Skinner in 1903 as a tribute to Major-General Hector MacDonald, a distinguished Scottish general around the turn of the century. (MacDonald, a friend of Skinner's, had not long before committed suicide following accusations of homosexuality).
O, wail for the mighty in battle, Loud lift ye the Coronach strain; For Hector, the Hero, of deathless fame, Will never come back again.
The lone piper, Andrew Carlisle, will be wearing the Virginia International Tattoo Hixon Tartan. Look closely and you will see his grandfather’s medals from the Battle of Somme pinned to his uniform.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR AT HULLABALOO?
Scope Plaza, free
Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship - Saturday
The Second Annual Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship will feature Grade 2 and Grade 3 pipe bands from around the world.
Highland Heavy Athletic Championship - Sunday
Yep, they will be flipping logs! The Virginia International Tattoo is partnering with Brute Strength Gym for a Heavy Athletic Championship, Highland-style, with a caber toss, keg toss and more.