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Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Grand Parade

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Cannon smoke clouds the field. A roar of muskets crisscrosses the Grand Parade as thousands of double-ranked troops perform a feu de joie - fire of joy.

To celebrate the signing of the French treaty of Alliance, General Washington reviews the troops of the entire encampment May 6, 1778. The Grand Parade becomes a showplace for the newly trained and disciplined Continental Army - a tribute to Baron von Steuben's intensive drilling.

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