Rain did little to dampen spirits of musicians and spectators as the Basel Tattoo parade, marking the start of the event, marched through the Rhine city on Saturday.
The tattoo has become an enormous success since its inception four years ago and is now the second largest in terms of performers and budget after the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Around 2,000 musicians took part in the parade. Among those processing were the Blues and Royals from Britain, who are appearing for the first time at the tattoo and who gained applause for their feats on horseback.
Other groups came from countries such as Australia, Canada and France. Swiss participants included the Top Secret Drum Corps and a Swiss army band.
The first open air show of the tattoo, set against the backdrop of an army barracks, takes place on Saturday evening. The tattoo runs until July 25.
Also participating in the parade were musicians from the Pipefest, a movement which organises pipe marches around the world for charity.
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