The Varaždin Civil Guard ‘Purgari’

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The Varaždin Civil Guard ‘Purgari’

As befits the first capital of Croatia, Varaždin has for the past two and a half centuries been watched over by the Varaždin Civil Guard. They were recognized by the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa in a statute of 1750. It is an honour to be a member of the Varaždin Civil Guard. A member can only be a man born in Varaždin who is proud of its honour and irreproachably honest. In their blue grenadier uniforms and tall fur hats, these handsome 'Purgari' play a part in many secular and religious events. However, the most attractive aspect of the 'Purgari' is the ceremonial changing of the guard, which is staged most Saturdays in front of the Varaždin City Hall.

The company had its own orchestra and flag, and the 'Kume' ('Godmothers') of the flags were prominent figures from the ranks of high nobility or the royal house. Therefore, the 'Kuma' of the last Purgar's flag from 1998 was Francesca von Habsburg.

From 15th May to the 15th October, the Guard parade takes place every Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. in front of the City Hall.
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