Nearly 100 years old, the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest in the country. Festive floats and giant balloons are the hallmarks of this iconic parade in Philadelphia, along with the talented marching bands that punctuate the festivities. You can be a part of the thrills and excitement too! There are 19 spots for bands of 90 or more!
Hosted by Hollywood’s finest, this festive holiday parade is held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Bands of all types are welcome to apply. They are selected based on a variety of criteria, including musicianship, marching ability, uniqueness and entertainment value. In addition, bands must have the ability to perform field show-type maneuvers while continuing to march. Hurry! The deadline for application is February 1st of the parade year!
Mark the start of the holiday season with the world’s largest parade! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City is the quintessential kick-off for holiday fun. Bands of all shapes and sizes are invited to apply and entertain more than 3 million live spectators and 50 million television viewers. Applications must be submitted by April 1st for participation in the following year’s parade.
Be a part of an iconic New Year’s Day tradition when you march in the Rose Parade. The parade route is 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and features magnificent floral-decorated floats, equestrian units, bands and more. Bands of any size are selected based on a variety of criteria, including musicianship, marching ability, uniqueness, entertainment value or special interest. Bands with the ability to perform show maneuvers while marching forward are encouraged to apply.
The Nashville Christmas parade has been a staple of Middle Tennessee’s holiday season since 1927. It includes celebrity performances, elaborate floats, balloons and mass performing groups. Marching bands can get in on the fun and festivities as the parade route travels along the “Musical Mile” with hundreds of thousands of spectators. It’s an exceptional way to highlight your talented performers while having an amazing time in Music City, U.S.A.
If you’re “lucky,” your marching band can take part in the world’s biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City! Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue comes to life with the sound of bagpipes, trumpets and marching bands, all decked out in Irish green! All parade participants are on foot- no cars, floats or balloons. Marching bands set the pace and cadence for the route, which is why they are such an integral part of this event. Band sizes range from 60 to more than 300 and applications are processed on a rolling basis.
The Music in the Mountains Spring Parade showcases the rich musical heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains. High school marching bands, dance groups, choral groups, and baton twirlers from Ohio, Virginia, Georgia and more help set the tone for a spring extravaganza in the mountains.
Kick off spring by marching in the magnificent parade in Washington, D.C. Breathtaking blossoms provide the backdrop for a complex mix of entertainment, including marching bands from around the globe. Selected bands represent the best that local, regional, and national music programs have to offer. There are no age requirements, but bands must have 100+ students to be considered for participation.
Early May is ushered in with pink, green and the spirited sounds of marching bands! Take part in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® Parade or any number of other band events in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA.
The Norfolk NATO Festival in Norfolk, VA is home to the Parade of Nations each April. Over 100 parade units with local and visiting high school bands, U.S. and International Military bands, and colorful floats which represent each of the 29 NATO Member Nations!