April 18 - October 18
11am - 12.30pm
May: 30th, 31st
June: 16th, 22nd, 25th
August: 5th, 15th, 27th
September: 24th, 27th
In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years’ War, the Croatian light cavalry, renowned for its exceptional heroism, joined the ranks of the French Army. Military skills and the original appearance of the Croatian soldiers were affirmed in 1664 with the founding of the Croatian regiment “the Royal Cravates” within the French Army. A special feature of their uniforms was a red scarf – a tie that girls used to tie around young men’s necks before going to war.
Tie, the essential fashion accessory of every man originates from those brave Croatian soldiers. The reinstated ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, based on the historical evidence, can be seen in predetermined attractive tourist locations. The program is done by 13 to 20 infantrymen and 4 to 21 cavalrymen.
Activities and program:
Infantry rank/preparatory activities:
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Rank training and preparation at the park across from the Ethnographic Museum
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Departure of the infantry rank from the Ethnographic Museum to Dežman passage.
11:15 a.m. – Formation in Dežman passage / waiting for cavalry
Cavalry rank/preparatory activities;
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Departure toward Dežman passage by route Tuškanac – Dežman Street – Dežman passage.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD PROGRAM:
11:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Merging of the cavalry and infantry ranks and flag handover
11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. – March of the Cravat Regiment along Ilica Street to Ban Josip Jelačić Square
11:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Arrival to the Ban Josip Jelačić Square, flag salute, formation and rank and weapon inspection ceremony.
11:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. – Guard posting at Ban Josip Jelačić statue.
11:35 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – March to the plateau in front of the Cathedral.
11:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.– Guard posting at the Virgin Mary statue in front of the Cathedral
11:45 a.m. DIVISION OF THE RANKS / FLAG HANDOVER
Departure of the infantry rank to Tkalčićeva Street by the following route; Kaptol – Dolac – Opatovina – Bishop Duh Steps – Tkalčićeva.
Departure of the calvary rank by the following route: Kaptol – Mikloušićeva Street – Tkalčićeva Street / to the Bishop Duh Steps.
11:45 a.m. MERGING OF THE RANKS / FLAG HANDOVER
11:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. March to Ban Josip Jelačić Square
11:50 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Guard handover at the Ban Josip Jelačić statue
11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. March along Bakačeva Street to the Cathedral Square, via Bakačeva Street
12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. Guard handover in front of the Virgin Mary statue
12:05 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. Rank formation and gratitude prayer
12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. March along Bakačeva Street to Ban Josip Jelačić Square
12:20 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Formation, flag handover and division of the ranks.
THE END OF THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD
NOTE: In case of poor weather, the programs will be canceled.