The 2/4 Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment of the New Zealand army, marched through the streets of Christchurch today. This regiment was responsible for manning the cordons of the red zone, and this was the first time they were back on the streets since the cordon was lifted. I missed the earlier part of the ceremony where the Mayor inspected the troops, but got to watch them walk down Worcester Boulevard and then followed them to the end of the parade in Latimer Square.
This particular battalion was granted the right to parade through the streets of Christchurch with bayonets fixed and the drums beating (back in 1966). It was wonderful to see them parading through the city.