Marine Barracks

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Marine Barracks Tight

 

The Eastern Market Metro is in Capitol Hill, in Washington DC.  It's a great neighborhood, along Pennsylvania Avenue SE, literally eight blocks from the US Capitol Dome. It's the market area for the neighborhood, but also finds many tourists here.  If you start walking down 8th St SE, you are now in the very middle of Barracks Row. Barracks Row itself has some businesses, but is best known for it's dining, the best favorite at the moment being Rose's Luxury, which will usually require a very lengthy wait, regardless of your diplomatic or VIP credentials.  In some ways, we are all equal at Rose's Luxury.

On the way to Rose's Luxury from the Metro or from Penn.Ave, you'll notice a heavier than normal concentration of barber shops. Sadly, we've lost a few, though a few new ones have opened up.  The tried & true & trustworthy is Brice's Barber Shop, just south of the freeway on 8th St SE (currently closed for renovations, so they are up a few blocks close to the Metro).

If you are in Capitol Hill, with fine dining and high & tight haircuts, you just know you are close to the Marine Barracks. And you are, which is how this got to be Barracks Row.

 

Marine Barracks Gate

The Marine Barracks is the oldest post of the Marine Corps; this is the home of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, this is the home of the President's Marine Band.  These military personnel are the cream. They provide security for the White House, Camp David, as well as other Washington prime locations.  This campus includes several buildings, though mostly between G & I Streets SE and between 8th & 9th Streets SE.  This campus does usually make the Halloween tours, and yes, it is a National Historic Landmark as this location was selected by President Jefferson and dates to 1801.

Natl Historic Landmark

Their ceremonial duties are what interest us as tourists and neighbors. Every Friday night, crowds start to gather at 7pm for a seat at the 8:45pm Parade. If you are expecting to be in Washington DC on a Friday evening in 2015, see their 2015 schedule here; this year, May 1, 2015 to August 28, 2015.

The seating is free, and if you are unable to secure a guaranteed seat, try your luck with the general attendance standby line.  Yes, the first come is the first served, and they do start showing up at 7pm, with a crowd of some 3500 spectators.

There is usually an honorary guest (a few weeks ago, it was Senator John McCain), who is most often a veteran or other military dignitary.  The Parade includes a Silent Drill Team as well as the Marching Band and Drum & Bugle Corp.

 

If you'd like more information, the Marine Barracks website can help, and the Marine Barracks Facebook is also key.

    

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Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life

Real Living | At Home
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Washington, DC 20036
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Rainmaker
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Claude Labbe
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Endre Barath, Jr. I'd not heard of the book, but I've heard of the author.  Now, I'm intrigued. Thank you for that.

Kat Palmiotti  and Debbie Reynolds While you're here for the parade, surely you can knock out a few other tourist spots too.

Joan Cox Agreed, good dining options in a neighborhood do help quality of life, as well as pricing overall.

Jun 01, 2015 01:58 AM #5
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Great post Claude, I learned a lot and enjoyed the pictures as well!

Jun 01, 2015 02:41 AM #6
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John Meussner Let's agree it's a good thing I hire for my listings, because my photos wouldn't sell much...

Jun 01, 2015 08:25 AM #7
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Claude Labbe ~ I can see why Marine Barracks gets a lot of tourist activity, and if I ever make my way to the area again I will be sure to visit this awesome site

Jun 02, 2015 02:01 AM #8
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Jon Kolsky They've been here since 1801, and I'd expect they'll still be here for years to come.

Jun 02, 2015 12:09 PM #9
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Hello Claude ... wonderful post with some great information about this Marine Barracks 

Jun 03, 2015 12:54 PM #10
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz Thank you. I did ask for permission before even taking these photos, just in case someone thought I was up to no good.

Jun 03, 2015 01:04 PM #11
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Your welcome and yes sometimes getting permission of photos like this is important ...

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So at some point in the future when we sit down over coffee Claude, remind me to tell you my Barracks story. 

Jun 03, 2015 03:32 PM #13
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Tammy Lankford I've got to believe it will be  a most interesting & memorable coffee. I can only imagine, it's best if I not and simply wait for the facts to reveal themselves.

Jun 04, 2015 12:02 AM #14
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Claude,

Established in 1801! WOW! This is an excellent post! What an honor it is to live in a community like this one. Marine Barracks has to be a very, very special place to go and you never know who you may see, or whose car is parked waiting for that VIP!

If you didn't notice, Debbie Laity is having a contest for June and this one would be perfect for the entry!

"Shows us a picture and write something that is special about your community during the summer. Try to use at least 300 words, but I'm not counting. Feel free to use a video or include more than one picture."

Jun 04, 2015 12:46 PM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof I'd seen Debbie's post.....but I'd not thought to use this landmark. 

Now, if I'm really good, I'll get myself to a parade and be able to augment with photos of the parade.  That's a challenge, otherwise it's God-awful hot later this summer.

Nice idea. Thank you.

Jun 04, 2015 12:54 PM #16
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First come first serve and the parking possible issues if 3500 visitors are expected. I'd come much earlier, it looks like a lovely place to explore.

Jun 05, 2015 03:52 PM #17
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Inna Ivchenko I'll have to log my arrival time in the General Admission  line, as a few people have asked.  Essentially, I'll be doing a man-on-the-street survey.

Jun 07, 2015 02:36 PM #18
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I used to live to a similar place. Every time when they had an event I just walked there, while regular visitors had a lot of trouble with parking.

Jun 07, 2015 04:15 PM #19
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Claude Labbe
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Inna Ivchenko yes, and that's partly why I'm reminding people to use the Metro. Makes it easier for everyone involved.

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So many cool things to see in your city Claude, thanks for sharing this one.

Jul 10, 2015 03:29 PM #21
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Bob Crane In June, I went to one of their parades. Got photos, took notes. I'd intended to post as part of one of the June contests, but at the moment, it's in draft mode.

It was a very fun evening, made me proud to be (naturalized) American. 

I've got to get that post up.

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That will be a good post Claude, I look forward to reading it after you get it ready.

 

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Bob Crane 

it seemed that I should post my entry before the entire summer season was over.

Check it out....Marine Parade

Jul 11, 2015 04:25 PM #24
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