Since 1998, the Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor Survivors and the anniversary of the attacks. Seventeen mainland bands
traveled to Hawaii in 2011 for the 70th Anniversary. The 2016 parade will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
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 parade begins at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park. The scenic parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles through
Waikiki along the oceanfront of torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue. You won't find a warmer welcome in any other destination.
Band directors from all over the United States return each year,
thrilled by their experiences during this amazing week with their students.
A band's visit to Hawaii for the Waikiki Holiday Parade provides additional
opportunities for performances and educational activities. Highlights of your tour may include:
- Adopting a Pearl Harbor Survivor
- USS Battleship Missouri Performances
- USS Arizona Memorial
- Polynesian Cultural Center
- Thanksgiving Day festivities at Hawaiian Waters Adventures Park
- Diamond Head Hiking
- Dole Pineapple Plantation
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Gateway Music Festivals & Tours, Inc., PO Box 1165, Monticello, MN 55362 USA
If you are interested in entering your band in a future Waikiki Holiday
Parade, or to get in contact with band directors from all over the
United States about their experiences with participating in this event,
please request an information packet!