The Great American Tattoo
Saturday July 9th  5:00pm

A military tattoo is a performance of music or display of armed forces in general. The term comes from the early 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap"), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks, and is unrelated to the Tahitian origins of an ink tattoo.

The tattoo was originally a form of military music, but the practice has evolved into more elaborate shows involving theatrics and musical performances. It is also used to designate military exhibitions such as the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Taptoo was the earlier used alteration of the term, and was used in George Washington's papers in which he said:  "In the future, the Reveille will beat at day-break; the troop at 8 in the morning; the retreat at sunset and taptoo at nine o'clock in the evening."

Over the years, the process became more of a show and often included the playing of the first post at 21:30 hrs and the last post at 22:00. Bands and displays were included, and shows were often conducted by floodlight or searchlight. Tattoos were commonplace in the late 19th century with most military and garrison towns putting on some kind of show or entertainment during the summer months. Between the First World War and the Second World War elaborate tattoos were held in many towns, with the largest in Aldershot in the United Kingdom.

One of the best-known tattoos is held on the Esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle each August as part of the annual Edinburgh Festival. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was first staged in 1950; it combines the traditional sounds of the bagpipes and drums with the modern aspects of the armed forces. 

It is our hope and intent that the Guinness Cincinnati Celtic Festival’s Great American Tattoo will become known as the “Greatest Military Tattoo West of Edinburgh.”

GRAND MARSHALL OF THE GREAT AMERICAN TATTOO:

JUSTICE PATRICK F. FISCHER

 

 

 

     JUSTICE PATRICK F. FISCHER BEGAN HIS SIX-YEAR TERM ON THE SUPREME
COURT OF OHIO ON JAN. 1, 2017, FOLLOWING HIS ELECTION IN NOVEMBER
2016. PREVIOUSLY, HE WAS ELECTED TO SERVE AS A JUDGE ON THE OHIO
FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS IN 2010, AND WAS RE-ELECTED IN 2012.
JUSTICE FISCHER HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW FOR
MORE THAN 30 YEARS. AN HONORS GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
AND HARVARD COLLEGE, AS A PRACTICING LAWYER HE TRIED CASES
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND WAS NAMED TO BEST LAWYERS IN
AMERICA, ONE OF THE TOP 50 LAWYERS IN CINCINNATI, AND ONE OF THE
TOP 100 LAWYERS IN OHIO. HE WAS ROUTINELY NAMED TO OHIO SUPER
LAWYERS.
     A RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE LEGAL COMMUNITY, FROM 2012 TO 2013
THEN-JUDGE FISCHER SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE OHIO STATE BAR
ASSOCIATION. HE PREVIOUSLY HAD SERVED ON THE OHIO STATE BAR
ASSOCIATION’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS, CHAIRED ITS BUDGET AND
HEADQUARTERS COMMITTEE, AND SERVED ON NUMEROUS OTHER OHIO
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEES AND TASK FORCES, AND IN ITS
HOUSE OF DELEGATES. JUSTICE FISCHER RECENTLY COMPLETED HIS
SECOND TENURE ON THE BOARD OF THE OHIO LAWYERS ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM. HE ALSO WAS ELECTED BY HIS PEERS TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT
OF THE CINCINNATI BAR ASSOCIATION FOR 2006 THROUGH 2007.
JUSTICE FISCHER HAS AN ABIDING INTEREST IN ETHICS AND
PROFESSIONALISM. AS AN ATTORNEY HE SERVED TWO TERMS ON THE OHIO
SUPREME COURT'S COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONALISM, INCLUDING
SERVING AS VICE CHAIR. HE ALSO CHAIRED THE CINCINNATI BAR

ASSOCIATION'S ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, AS WELL AS
ITS PROFESSIONALISM, COMMITTEES.
     HAVING REPRESENTED PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS WHILE AN ATTORNEY,
JUSTICE FISCHER KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO SEE AND
LISTEN TO BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE. KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING THE
LAW AS HE DOES, JUSTICE FISCHER IS KEENLY AWARE OF HOW IMPORTANT
IT IS THAT THE LAW BE APPLIED PROPERLY TO THE FACTS IN EACH CASE.
THE LATE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO, THOMAS J.
MOYER, NAMED HIM TO CO-CHAIR A TASK FORCE TO MAKE THE OHIO
JUDICIAL SYSTEM MORE EFFICIENT AND JUST. JUSTICE FISCHER SERVED ON
THE OHIO CONSTITUTIONAL MODERNIZATION COMMISSION, AND WAS VICE
CHAIR OF ITS COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIAL BRANCH.
JUSTICE FISCHER BEGAN HIS LEGAL CAREER WITH A CLERKSHIP FOR U.S.
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE WILLIAM BERTELSMAN, AND IN 1987, HE BEGAN
WORKING FOR THE LAW FIRM OF KEATING MUETHING & KLEKAMP. JUST
FOUR YEARS LATER, HE BECAME A PARTNER IN THE TRIAL DEPARTMENT.
ALTHOUGH ON INACTIVE STATUS, HE ALSO IS A LICENSED ATTORNEY IN
TEXAS.
     IN HIS FREE TIME, JUSTICE FISCHER IS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. HE
SERVED ON NUMEROUS LOCAL BOARDS SUCH AS THE HAMILTON COUNTY
MENTAL HEALTH & RECOVERY SERVICES BOARD, VISIONS COMMUNITY
SERVICES BOARD, ST. URSULA VILLA, AND THE PLEASANT RIDGE
COMMUNITY COUNCIL. HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CINCINNATI
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AND SERVED ON ITS BOARD.
JUSTICE FISCHER, HIS WIFE JANE, AND THEIR DOG LIVE IN CINCINNATI. HE
HAS ONE MARRIED DAUGHTER WHO IS A PRACTICING ATTORNEY IN OHIO,
AND TWO GRANDSONS. A GRADUATE OF ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL, JUSTICE
FISCHER ALSO IS AN ACTIVE, LONG-TIME MEMBER OF ST. XAVIER CATHOLIC
CHURCH IN DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI, SERVING AS BOTH A LECTOR AND
EUCHARISTIC MINISTER.

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2022 Participants

35TH INDIANA PIPES AND DRUMS
CALEDONIAN PIPES & DRUMS
HAMILTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PIPES AND DRUMS
LOUISVILLE PIPES BAND

AREA COLOR GUARDS

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Irish Kilts
Drummer
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