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  • Parades

       

    Disney Parades - Orlando, Florida & Anaheim, California

    Be a part of the magic that has captivated millions for over 50 years. The daily parades wind through the very heart of the Disney theme parks in a spectacle worthy of Walt Disney himself.

       
    Universal Stars - Orlando, Florida

    The Universal STARS Performance Program offers performance opportunities for marching bands, concert bands, choirs and other performance groups looking to entertain large crowds in the heart of Universal. You can even become part of the holiday celebrations at Universal Studios as you perform at the Macy's Holiday Parade alongside dazzling floats, festive street performers, and famous balloons direct from the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

       

    Sea World Sound Waves - Orlando, Florida

    Feel the excitement as your students give the most memorable musical performances of their careers.  Whether marching past Shamu Stadium or performing at the Waterfront, your group will have the opportunity to entertain thousands of guests during an experience they won’t soon forget.

       
    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - New York City

    The famous 2 ½ mile march through the streets of Manhattan takes you past 2.5 million spectators. Another 44 million at home watch the parade’s balloons, floats, clowns, celebrities and bands in a tradition that dates back to 1924.

       
    McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Chicago, Illinois

    The State Street Thanksgiving Parade, officially named the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, is an annual parade produced and presented by the Chicago Festival Association (CFA) and is often known as “Chicago’s Grand Holiday Tradition.” It is held on State Street in downtown Chicago, Illinois, and the three hour event begins each year at 8:00 a.m. CT on Thanksgiving Day. The parade is also telecast live, locally on WGN-TV, and nationally on WGN America.

       
    America's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Detroit, MI

    The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade®, was founded in 1924.  For more than 75 years, The parade has been a one-of-a-kind spectacle of fantasy, holiday spirit and community enthusiasm.  The parade has grown to include more than 75 parade units, including floats, balloons and marching bands in procession.

     
    Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights Parade - Chicago, Illinois

    The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival officially kicks off the Christmas season in Chicago with numerous fun family activities with Mickey Mouse as the Master of Ceremonies. The 1.2-mile parade route travels under millions of twinkling lights along Michigan Avenue. The event is televised live in the Chicago area and is also re-broadcast throughout December in various cities across the nation.

     
    National Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade - Washington, D.C.

    In 2012, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is preparing for an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees. The centennial celebration promises to be filled with creativity and innovation, and the parade will be more spectacular than ever. The parade route passes the National Archives, the Department of Justice, Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument and the White House. The parade is shown live and is also streamed live on ABC7's web site at TBD.com and is available in the archives for a full month after the parade.

       
    National Independence Day Parade - Washington, D.C.

    Nowhere is there greater excitement on America's birthday than in the nation's capital. The National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. takes place annually on July 4th. The parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue celebration of America's birthday. An enthusiastic audience numbering hundreds of thousands gathers to view the procession of invited bands, military and specialty units, and floats.

     
    Waikiki Holiday Parade - Honolulu, Hawaii

    Since 1998, the Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor Survivors and the anniversary of the attacks. Thousands of spectators, residents and visitors gather on the Friday after Thanksgiving to watch this non-competitive parade, which hosts local bands, marching bands from the mainland, Pearl Harbor Survivors, service bands, military units, local officials, dignitaries and entertainers. The scenic parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles through Waikiki along the oceanfront of torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue.

     
    St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Chicago, Illinois

    One of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the country, the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates the patron saint of Ireland Irish heritage. Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade is filled with thousands of marchers, colorful floats, marching bands, & bagpipers.

       
    Veterans Day Parade - New York City

    Participate in one of the most popular and meaningful parades in America, The New York City Veterans Day Parade. They parade travels along Fifth Avenue, past such famous landmarks as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Saint Patricks Cathedral, cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of thousands.

     
    6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Since 1920, thousands of people have gathered each Thanksgiving morning to see the elaborate floats, towering balloons, precision bands, celebrities and more that make up the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

     
    Tournament of Roses Parade - Pasadena, California

    Millions of spectators from around the world will celebrate the New Year with the Rose Parade’s beautiful pageantry and trdition of magnificent floral floats, high stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands.

     
    IPL 500 Festival Parade - Indianapolis, Indiana

    Nationally-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units, specialty units, spectacular floats, and giant helium balloons fill the streets to celebrate the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500. The parade is telecast live.

     
    Santa Claus Parade - Toronto, Ontario

    Today, there are more than 25 animated floats with themes ranging from Harry Potter to Hockey Night in Canada. More than 200 Celebrity Clowns lead the Parade, while around 2,000 costumed participants march happily through Toronto's streets.  Toronto's Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children's Parade in the world and is broadcast across North America and as far away as New Zealand, Norway and Ireland.


    Bowl Games

     
    Allstate Sugar Bowl - New Orleans, Louisiana

    Perform at the Louisiana Superdome where the marching bands are the stars of the halftime show!  Showcase your band and experience the thrill of performing in front of 75,000 fans!

     
    Valero Alamo Bowl - San Antonio, Texas

    December means more than Christmas lights and jingle bells to San Antonio. Since the first game in 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has created excitement and pageantry in San Antonio that wraps up the end of the month with thrilling games in front of capacity crowds and record television ratings.  Students will experience a halftime show performance they will never forget.

     
    Orange Bowl - Miami, Florida

    The crown jewel of the world renowned Orange Bowl Festival, the  Orange Bowl will feature the best available pick from among the BCS at-large teams against the ACC Champion. There is more then just football, of course, as the world-class Orange Bowl Halftime Show features top-performing acts each year.

     
    Outback Bowl - Tampa, Florida

    The Outback Bowl is a New Year's Day college football game matching teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference (3rd pick from each). This halftime show includes performances by college bands, thirty high school bands, and dance teams from across the nation.

     
    Rose Bowl - Pasadena, California

    Every January, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, Calif., home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It’s a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world. The Tournament of Roses is more than just a parade and football game. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that has thrived in Pasadena since 1902.


    Festivals

     

    Orlando Fest - Universal Orlando® Resort

    Whether your students are instrumental or vocal, they will find their onstage performance a rewarding experience. After your performance, your onstage workshop with a nationally known judge provides you with positive feedback.

     
    Festival Disney - Walt Disney World® Resort

    Open to all middle, junior and senior high school concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands, orchestras, choral ensembles, show choirs and auxiliary units. No audition is required and both competitive and noncompetitive adjudication is available.