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Hi forum,

by accident I stumbled across this video of a reenactors' parade celebrating Rome's foundation, which is supposed to have happened April 21 753 BC...

(you have to bear with the ad before the vid starts)

I have two questions: are there anymore, and hopefully much better, videos of this year's parade? Or pictures?
Second, and a little OT... what is it with that silly stomping? Is that supposed to be a marching style? I see this in documentaries quite often, so I figured it is popular with reenactors, but why?

Can't view the video, but I can imagine what you are referring to.
If you haven't done it I imagine it looks odd, but it seems to come about naturally
When marching in step, and also from
What I understand, most impressions from caligae or hobnailed boots tend
To be full on even pressured imprints. If so this would imply a funny looking, stomping style of step!
I find it a safe method of marching or even just walking in armour and hobnails
When on pavements of roads, as walking in modern full extended stepmwill inevitably
Result in a loud crashing sound accompanied by much swearing(and little if any sympathy
From fellow comilitones)8)
Walking with a "normal, modern" heel rolling to toe step is fine in shoes built with arch supports and heels. With flat-soled shoes, such as caligae, many people have found that walking "flat-footed" is more comfortable over a long distance, and once learned, is much more stable, as GJC says. Our roads and pavement are not really designed for ancient shoes.

Nothing like expecting the shoe to grip the slick floor when making a turn, then finding that it does not, and you sprawl on that floor, leaving rows of scratches from the hobnails. Doesn't make one popular in a hotel lobby, for example. Go ahead: ask me how I know....
The shot of the feet marching is really good. And the shot with the basket of melons is classic.
Interesting! Thank you very much, this indeed explains something.