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November 10th 1775 is when the Marine Corps came alive!
The Marine Corps will celebrate its 241st birthday with Birthday Balls taking place across the globe. The Birthday Ball is one of the biggest events on the Marine Corps calendar. It is a chance to get dressed to the nines, enjoy an evening of rich tradition, and celebrate the history of the illustrious Corps.
The Ball is a formal affair therefore Marines and their guests are expected to behave appropriately. This includes following proper etiquette rules. If you are attending the Marine Corps Ball for the first time, you are sure to have many questions running through your mind. What should you wear? How should you behave? What does ‘proper etiquette’ mean anyway?
- Do: Wear something appropriate for the occasion. A simple way to choose an outfit is to base it on the uniform your service member is wearing. As Marines will be wearing their Dress Blues, female guests should select a floor length gown to match the formality of the dress uniform. Male guests should wear a suit and tie, or tuxedo.
- Do: Be respectful of tradition. One of the highlights of the evening is the ceremony. This usually lasts around an hour and involves a cake cutting ceremony, speeches, the reading of Gen. John A Lejeune’s birthday message, and a birthday video message from the current Commandant. Make sure you are seated before the ceremony begins and refrain from texting or talking while the ceremony is taking place. Photography during the ceremony will be allowed.
- Don’t: Over indulge in alcohol, instead monitor your consumption. While the Birthday Ball is intended to be a fun occasion it is still a professional event for Marines. Give yourself a limit for the number of drinks you will have and be sure to space them out throughout the evening. If you do decide to drink, create a plan in advance to ensure you are able to get home safely.
- Do: Be polite. Always remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, and address others as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’.
- Do: Remember to have fun. The Marine Corps has a proud history. While it is important to be on your best behavior at the Ball, don’t forget the purpose of the evening; to celebrate the Corps and all of its accomplishments.
Now that you know the Do’s and Don’ts of Marine Corps Ball etiquette it’s time to put on your best outfit and attend your Detachment Madrid 241st Marine Corps Birthday Ball. It is sure to be a night to remember!
***LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE***
130 EURO- Reserved Seating (Ambassador and Military Guests)
110 EURO- General Admission
***Get your tickets early- we will sell out***
UPDATE 20 OCT 2016- Tickets are SOLD OUT. If you are still interested in attending the event, please email the Detachment Commander to be added to the Waiting List. Thank you!
1900 Welcome Reception in Circulo Palace
1945 Official Ceremony
2100 Dinner is Served
2130 Spanish Flamenco Performance
2215 Professional Photo Studio Activation
2215 Dancing in Circulo Palace w/ DJ Juan Rey
2400 Birthday Ball Concludes
What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?
Transportation will not be provided. Parking is available, but is limited.
Self and Valet Parking Facilities-
Fee: 38.77 EUR per day; same fee for self and valet parking.
Will there be a babysitting service provided?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this service.
Are rooms available at a discounted price?
Yes. Contact organizer of the event for special discounted price, if interested.
What does my ticket include?
- Welcome Reception
- 241st Marine Corps Ball Ceremony
- All beverages have been included into your ticket price (this includes all Soda, Water, Tea, Beer, Wine & Distilled Spirits for the duration of the evening)
- Five Star 4 Course Meal
- Live Spanish Flamenco Performance
- Live Professional DJ & Dancing in the beautiful Circulo Palace
- Professional Photo Studio
- 241st Marine Corps Birthday Ball commemorative gifts
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Gunnery Sergeant Anthony D. Vega
American Embassy Madrid, Spain
Region 5, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group
Office: +34 91 587 2424/4846
Cell: +34 699 466 468
Event Seat Map
RESERVED (Ambassador & Official Party)