Tattoo Tips for Family Adventures
WHERE TO EAT
Hullabaloo on Scope Plaza
Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
3 hours prior to Tattoo, Scope Plaza, Free
There is something for everyone, from pizza to pretzels, from hotdogs to gyros, from smoothies to craft beer. And Scottish food too! Enjoy your meal in a festive atmosphere. There are plenty of seats and tables around the plaza. Average Price: $8 -$15 per person
WHERE TO SIT AT THE TATTOO
Upper 200 Level
Scope Arena is BIG, but the higher up (upper 200 level seats) are the most affordable ($20, discounted to $10 for students under the age of 25), and these seats give you the best birds-eye view of the show floor, the stage, and the Tattoo performers comings-and-goings. A family of 4 with two students would only pay $60.00; it’s less expensive than a movie!
WHAT TO SEE IN THE SHOW
3, 2, 1……SHOWTIME!
Make sure you are in your seats in time to count down the start of the Tattoo with the enormous countdown clock on the screen. The show ALWAYS starts on time!
French Army Rugby Team in the Tattoo!?!?!?
You’re probably wondering why the XV du Pacifique Rugby Team on the cast list. This team is made up of armed forces members from the French Pacific Islands (Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna) and they’ll be joining the French Signals Band on the Tattoo floor. They won’t be playing rugby; instead, they’ll be demonstrating the haka, a Maori ceremonial dance.
We’ve got 2 drill teams this year! The U.S. Army Drill Team will knock your socks off with their intense drill routine. Soldiers are selected for this elite unit after six months of rigorous and competitive drill practice and as members of the team, they practice constantly.
Romania’s 30th Guard Drill Team will be in the Tattoo for the first time. Their performance is completely different from any of the U.S. Military drill teams – they drill to a drum cadence!
They were recently feature on Romanian Television as a finalist on “Romania’s got Talent”
Marines with Instruments and Rifles
During the Military Obstacle Race you will see USMC Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST) running the race while carrying six-pound M4A1 rifles. These are an elite security force on standby to respond to threats to Naval, Marine Corps or other U.S. government interests. You’ll see and hear the USMC Band, Quantico Marines playing exciting music. Though these Marines are playing instruments, every marine is a rifleman and the Marines from this band were deployed to conduct combat operations support in Iraq.
Lots of amazing women are helping us celebrate the theme: Courage & Commitment - A Salute to Women in the Military
Superstar singers from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps will join forces for a spectacular rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and also a unique arrangement of “Fight Song” in the Tattoo Finale.
MU3 Danlie Cuenca is from Norfolk, Virginia and last sang in the Tattoo as a member of the Norview High School Chorus. She will be a special guest soloist with her former group, the Norfolk Public Schools All-City High School Chorus.
Dazzling Drumming by female drummers from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps who will battle in a special arrangement of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” for the unofficial crown of world’s greatest female military drummer.
The Jordanian Armed Forces Women’s Pipe Band, the only band of its kind in the Middle East, will participate in the Tattoo’s massed Pipes and Drums and also perform a mesmerizing suite of traditional Jordanian Folk music.
The Women of USMC FAST Company, an annual favorite (the USMC Obstacle Race) returns with a new twist. Alpha and Bravo teams will each compete as co-ed teams, demonstrating cooperation, teamwork and that every Marine is a rifleman.
Kids Tattoo Too
There will be lots of very talented young people in the show… Dancers from Australia, Singers and Flag Bearers from Norfolk Public Schools, Bagpipers from Virginia Beach and Fifers and Drummers from Williamsburg.
International Military Bands
Military bands may perform for a variety of reasons such as special events, military review, public relations or troop entertainment. They often play ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs. Take note of the military bands from France, Switzerland and the United States. Though they’re all military bands, they are quite different.
FUN & FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS
Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Lots of great activities 3 hours prior to Tattoo, Scope Plaza, Free
Performances - Daily
Many of the performers who are in the Tattoo also perform at the Hullabaloo. It’s a bonus opportunity to see them provide a less formal performance. Expect lots of music, dance and drill!
DrumLine Battle - Daily
Drumlines battle in a head-to-head competition to see who will win based on a combination of drumming skills, movement, visuals, stick tricks, stunts and overall showmanship. Expect the unexpected! Hula-hoopers and dancers have participated in the past.
Military Vehicles and Kids Crafts - Daily
Keep your eyes peeled for military displays, a historic military vehicle and a craft tent.
NATO FLAG RAISING
Thursday 5:00 PM Scope Plaza, Free
Enjoy a cultural sampling of music and a colorful display of NATO Member Nation flags, uniforms and anthems in this military presentation representing all 29 NATO Member Nations.
NATO PARADE OF NATIONS
Saturday 10:30 AM Downtown Norfolk, Free
The oldest continuously-held parade in the region and the only one in the United States honoring NATO features floats representing each of the 29 NATO Nations in addition to U.S. and International Military and high school bands.
NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE
Saturday 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Free
Immediately following the Parade of Nations, join in a celebration and appreciation of our local NATO Headquarters. Interact with NATO Representatives and visit their 29 Member Nation tents in the NATO Village. Explore international heritage with cultural performances, international art, cuisine and craft beers. Come celebrate with the whole family in a European Street fair atmosphere in Downtown Norfolk. Kids can get stamps in their NATO Explorer Passport.
DRUMLINE BATTLE AT THE BATTLESHIP
The USS Wisconsin will be the backdrop as Drumlines battle in a head-to-head competition to see who will win based on a combination of drumming skills, movement, visuals, stick tricks, stunts and overall showmanship
Saturday 3:30 PM At The Wisconsin, Downtown Norfolk, Free
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AMERICAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Competition; 6:00 PM Massed Bands & Awards
Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
The 4th 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 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Green Space across from Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
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.
NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL’S RUGBY EXHIBITION MATCH
XV du Pacifique French Army Rugby Team vs. Norfolk Blues
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 6:00 PM Powhatan Field, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Free
In the NATO spirit of international friendship, join friends and family at a thrilling rugby match between the French Army Rugby Team and our hometown team, the Norfolk Blues! The French Army’s XV du Pacifique team includes a proud cohort of Pacific Islanders and as part of the event, they will perform the haka, a ceremonial dance in Maori culture. A fascinating day of rough and tumble fun!
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