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Marching Band Parades

There are a multitude of great Parade opportunities throughout the United States and Europe. Give your students the opportunity to be seen by thousands of people, as well as being televised nationwide.

Top Parade Offering for Marching Band Participation:

Disney’s Main Street Parade

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There is nothing so iconic as to perform in a Parade at Disney World or Disneyland. These parades happen every day in front of 1000’s of Disney patrons from around the world. At Disney World, bands are scheduled in either Epcot or down Main Street in Magic Kingdom pending scheduling. In Disneyland, bands march down Main Street. Other ensemble performance options are available. These parades are perfect to build your resume for bigger parades.

Tournament of Roses Parade – Pasadena, Ca

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 parade

This is the pinnacle of parade participation in the United States. Per the Tournament of Bands website: Bands are selected based upon a variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability, uniqueness and entertainment value. In addition, bands with the ability to perform field show maneuvers while marching are preferred. There is no band size requirement (although they typically take larger bands).

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Dublin, Ireland

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 parade

Easily the largest parade in Europe with over 500,000 people lining the streets of Dublin. March with your band through the sea of green among hundreds of floats. Bands are accepted on a rolling basis, but don’t wait too long to apply.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade-DC

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 parade

Each year, the Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC and heralds spring across the country. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade culminates the four-week celebration with a two-hour procession along Constitution Avenue that draws an on-site audience of more than 150,000 and is nationally syndicated to an estimated 82% of US television markets.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – New York, NY

Applications are due by March 1, 2019 for the 2020 parade.

Attracting more than 3.5 million people to the streets of Manhattan every year and watched by an audience of nearly 50 million TV viewers, The Macys Thanksgiving Parade features more than 1,500 dancers and cheerleaders, close to 1,000 clowns, almost 30 parade floats, a dozen marching bands, and nearly 8,000 participants in all.

The 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade – PA

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 parade

First held in 1920, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade has a vibrant legacy as the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in America. Organizers strive to make the parade “the most band-friendly parade in the country” and they welcome applications from high school, university and specialty marching bands. The parade has 24 spots for marching bands each year and it accepts bands consisting of 90 members or more. Bands are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and it is common that bands choose to return every two to four years.

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration and Parade – Plymouth, MA

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The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. For 20 years, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have traveled to the historic Plymouth Harbor and Waterfront to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. This year’s events kicks off our 2020 Celebration Series which will include special events each year leading up to the historic anniversary of Plymouth. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to join us now and become a part of the biggest event celebrating our history.

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Parade – Winchester, VA

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 parade

Participate in one or both of the parades of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The Firefighters Parade is an evening parade, typically on the first Friday of May. Followed by the Pep Boys Grand Feature parade on Saturday afternoon. There is also a concert Band and Jazz Band competition in conjunction with the weekend at Shenandoah University.

Norfolk NATO Festival’s Parade of Nations

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The Norfolk NATO Festival is proud to present its annual Parade of Nations, the longest continuously running parade in Hampton Roads and the only parade in the United States honoring NATO! 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! Local community organization and Festival partners are also featured. Admission into the Virginia International Tattoo is also included in your parade participation.

Florida Citrus Parade

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The Florida Citrus Parade has grown to become one of the largest sports affiliated parades in the nation, an annual tradition that occurs each year between the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl games. In addition to its signature floats made of citrus fruit, the parade features spirited high school marching bands from throughout the nation, participating bowl game college marching bands, specialty units and other exciting performances. Upwards of 3,000 participants take part in this spectacular event.

Other Parade Opportunities include:

  • The Limerick Festival Parade – Limerick, Ireland
  • The West Virginia Strawberry Festival Parade – WV
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Parade – New York, NY
  • The Nashville Christmas Parade – TN
  • The Dogwood Festival Parade – Knoxville, TN
  • The National Memorial Day Parade – Washington, D.C.
  • The National Independence Day Parade – Washington, D.C.
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade – Hollywood, CA
  • Honolulu Festival of Parade Bands – Honolulu, HI
  • Waikiki Holiday Parade – Honolulu, HI
  • The Magnificent Mile Parade – Chicago, IL (FULL FOR 2018)
  • The New Year’s Parade – London, England
  • Rome’s New Year Parade – Rome, Italy

In addition, there are many opportunities to participate in a Bowl Game Parade or a Mass Band Halftime Show, here are a few of those Events:

  • Outback Bowl Festival – Tampa Bay, FL
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl Peach Bowl Festival – Atlanta, GA
  • Daytona 500 – Daytona, FL
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl Dance & Cheer Program – Memphis, TN
  • Discover Orange Bowl Dance & Cheer Program – Miami, FL
  • Russell Athletic Bowl Marching Band Program – Orlando, FL
  • TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl Marching Band Program – Jacksonville, FL
  • Valero Alamo Bowl Marching Band Program – San Antonio, TX


Please contact Peak Performance Tours for applications and proposals on all these performance opportunities.


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