The In Guardia Parade is a historical re-enactment depicting a military drill that took place during the time of the Knights of St John in Malta. Discover more.

The In Guardia Parade is a historical re-enactment depicting a military drill which regularly took place during the time of the Knights of St John in Malta in the early 17th century.  Now in its 18th year, the re-enactment is renowned for capturing the audience’s imagination and transporting them back in time.Whether you’re a history fanatic or not, this event is an interesting, entertaining and educational experience for both adults and children as history comes to life right in front of their eyes.

In Guardia Parade  Air Malta

The In Guardia Parade takes place at Fort St Elmo and portrays the inspection of the fort by Grand Bailiff, who was in charge of military affairs and was asked to make sure that the fort was in good condition to defend Valletta and the two harbours on either side of it.  A total of around 50 re-enactors act as the soldiers and knights of the fort dressed in their uniforms and perform their military drill to prove that they are ready to defend in the event of a military threat.

In Guardia Parade  Air Malta

Fort St Elmo stands at the edge of the peninsula with the Marsamxett and Grand Harbour on either side, and oversees their entrances.  It has played a vital role in protecting the entrances to the harbours throughout history.  The fort was built by the Knights of St John in the mid-16th century, replacing a watchtower which stood in the area.  It was of crucial importance in defending the Maltese islands during The Great Siege of 1565 when the Ottoman Empire invaded Malta.  Many scenes of forceful battles took place here, and it withstood several attacks before getting completely destroyed.  The fort was rebuilt in 1566 by Laparelli where it was integrated within the city walls.

In Guardia Parade  Air Malta

The re-enactment starts at 11am and lasts for around 45 minutes.  It will take place on the following days:

In Guardia Parade  Air Malta

Tickets are available online prior to the show or at the gate before admission:
Adults: €7, Children: €3

Author: Sabine Jung 

Sources: http://heritagemalta.org/tours-of-fort-st-elmo/, http://www.malta.com/en/attraction/culture/building-fortification/fort-st-elmo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Saint_Elmo