The British Period (1763-1784) in St. Augustine was re-enacted in a colorful and exciting way on Saturday Dec. 6th, featuring hundreds of British troops, their Native American allies and civilians.
On Friday Dec. 5th from noon to 5 p.m., the British Night Watch Encampment was at Francis Field located near the city’s parking garage. Locals and tourists visited with soldiers, strolled the Colonial Market, met the Native Allies who had guided the British troops, also met colonial craftsmen and enjoyed the antics of the Faire Wynds Circus. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the encampment re-opened with a full day of entertainment by 18th century musicians and performers.
At 2 pm was the Trooping of the Colors followed by drilling by British Redcoats, cannon firings and music by the Fife and Drum Corps. At 7:30 p.m., the public gathered in the Plaza, and at 8 p.m. the Grande Illumination Parade began through the historic streets. Bystanders joined the parade (candles provided for a small donation) for a thrilling and memorable holiday experience that ended with a musketry volley of joy and best holiday wishes for King George!