The IN GUARDIA PARADE is a re-enactment that evokes an authentic event that took place regularly inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo. The re-enactment portrays the inspection of Fort St Elmo by the Grand Bailiff in charge of military affairs in order to ensure that the fort is in good condition to defend the Valletta peninsula and the two harbours situated on either side of it.
During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort's garrison - some 50 re-enactors in all - are kitted out in their finest uniforms to perform their military drill in order to demonstrate to the Grand Bailiff their state of readiness in the event of a military threat.
The show starts at 11.00 hrs and lasts 45 minutes.
Tickets at the gate:
Adults : € 7
Children (6 - 16 years): € 3
The ticket will entitle the visitor to watch the re-enactment and to visit the upper part of the fort. 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. One may, nevertheless, purchase a ticket to visit the fort for a lesser fee. When in doubt it is best to contact the Tourist Information Office at Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta. This office is also open on Sunday mornings from 9 onwards and may be reached by phone on 22915440/1/2
Getting there: One may take the bus from any locality that has Valletta bus terminus as its last destination point. Walk down Republic Street (circa 12 minutes) to reach Fort St Elmo at the very bottom. Then turn right. When arriving in front of the fort one should walk for a further two minutes along the old granaries towards the south gate and enter the fort from there to reach the ticketing office.
The In Guardia Parade is organised by the MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY. For further information please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort St Elmo is under the management of HERITAGE MALTA. For further information about the fort itself and visits of the fort please write to email@example.com. Tel: 22954000.
For exact dates, visit our events calendar.