News Release, United States Naval Academy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen will present four formal dress parades this spring semester. All parades are open to the public and last approximately one hour. Parade reviews will be announced at a later date if not listed below.
· Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. – Formal Parade (General Robert B. Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, will review the parade).
· Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. – Formal Parade
· Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. – Dedication Parade
The Dedication Parade honors academy faculty who are retiring, completing 20 or more years of service, have been selected as Emeritus Faculty, or are the recipients of awards.
· Thursday, May 23 at 11 a.m. – Color Parade
The highlight of the Color Parade is the formal presentation of the color company pennant by the superintendent, the company commander and the “color honoree,” to the newly designated spring color company. Each semester, the color company is designated by virtue of its excellence in academics, athletics and professional accomplishments throughout the semester. The color company competition began in 1867. (Please note: Seating is only available to ticket holders. Tickets are only given to guests of 1st class Color Company midshipmen and guests of the Superintendent. All other guests are welcome in the general admission area).
Parades are a visual presentation of the military discipline, professionalism and teamwork necessary to succeed as a member of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and have been a part of Naval Academy training since its establishment in 1845. The Brigade of Midshipmen marches from Bancroft Hall across the yard, to the Naval Academy parade field, accompanied by the Naval Academy Band and the midshipmen Drum & Bugle Corps. On Worden Field, the Brigade performs the manual of arms, renders honors to the senior officer or civilian dignitary present, and passes in review before the official party and guests.
Visitors may enter through Gate 3 (recommended) or Gate 1 and will be required to show a picture ID. All bags are subject to search. Vehicles without a Department of Defense driver or passenger are not permitted to drive onto academy grounds. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5) and ride the circulator bus to the academy. Vehicles with handicapped placards or license plates may enter through Gates 1 or 8.