In these days of Holy Week, many military units escort processions in Spain, astonishing the public with their martiality.
This afternoon I was watching a video from Luseracanal in which the Music Unit and the picket line of the Tercio de Levante of the Spanish Marine Infantry that will escort the processions on Holy Tuesday (the procession of the transfer of the Apostles) and on Good Friday (the procession of the Holy Burial) in the city of Cartagena. In this video we see the Marines parading in a very martial way in the Military Arsenal of that city, one of the main bases of the Spanish Navy:
I have seen the Armed Forces parade many times in Spain, but when I saw this video I was struck by the pace of the director of the Music Unit of the Tercio de Levante:
A step that we also see in the picket line of the Tercio de Levante that marched behind the musicians:
This step is well known in countries like Germany and Chile, but in Spain it is very rare. As published by the newspaper La Verdad last Thursday, what we see is a procession step, colloquially known in Spanish as the goose step. So far I have only seen the Tercio de Levante. I have not seen this step in any military unit in other processions in Spain. It is certainly impressive.
From what I have been able to read, the Tercio de Levante has been using this step in Holy Week processions for years now. The newspaper La Verdad published a news in 2014 that already referred to it: "The objective of this escort is to parade for hours maintaining the characteristic slow parade step - raising their legs straight and stomping on the asphalt." In these processions, and as is usual in other military units -especially those of the Navy-, the soldiers of the Tercio de Levante parade with M43 Coruña rifles, derived from the famous Kar 98K German.
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