Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 25, 2017
The Midwest's finest high school marching bands gather in
Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Summer parade bands are
at their peak in late June and they pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street.
Eight different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title in the Festival's 31-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2017!
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2017 PARADE RESULTS
The biggest crowd in recent memory enjoyed pleasantly cool temperatures and fantastic marching performances at the 33rd Annual Vikingland Band Festival.
It was a big day for the 728 Cadets who claimed both the overall Grand Champion trophy and the coveted People's Choice award. It was also a big day for the band
from Dassel-Cokato, which climbed to a Top 5 ranking for the first time. A crowd estimated at more than 15,000 people enjoyed the parade, which featured nearly 2,000 performers in 22 units.
Minnesota Brass and River City Rhythm performed in exhibition.
728 Cadets scored 89.5 to claim top honors, with last year's champion Waconia close behind at 88.4.
Henry Sibley scored 84.7, Mankato Lancers scored 84.6, and Dassel-Cokato scored 83.5 to round out the overall top five.
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg claimed the Class A champion title for the ninth consecutive year.
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FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2017 PARADE DVD
Overhead shots and multi-camera views make the 2017 Festival DVD great. Professional cameras from Livewire Entertainment capture the bands at the peak of their summer season.
New for 2017: The cameras will be located in the 8th Avenue performance zone.
Your DVD includes a bonus disc featuring unedited footage from the overhead camera.
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PARADE REVIEWING STAND SEATS
No need to bring your lawn chair or arrive extra early to reserve a spot! Bleacher seating is available in prime viewing areas along the parade route.
NEW! For the first time, the 14th Avenue zone will have seating in covered canopy tents. Cheer as bands cross the finish line of the championship parade with their grand finale performance!
A very limited number of seats will be available in the VIP bleachers on the west side of 6th Avenue next to the judging platform where our grand marshals and major sponsors are seated. (Limit of 4 VIP tickets per order, please).
Every band will perform in front of the seating areas. Seats are available at 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th Avenues.
Order bleacher tickets online »
GRAND MARSHAL ANNOUNCED
Dr. Keith Redfield has been chosen to lead the 2017 parade as Grand Marshal in recognition of his long career supporting students and school music programs while serving as a principal in Alexandria Public School District 206.
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FESTIVAL PRESENTS 2017 "MINNESOTA DRUM CORPS PREMIERE"
The exciting sounds of drum and bugle corps will join the beat of marching bands when the Vikingland Band Festival presents the 2017 Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere.
All four of Minnesota's drum and bugle corps will debut their 2017 productions, and three high school marching bands will kick off the evening by performing their summer parade music!
The event takes place at the Alexandria Area H.S. football field at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 24. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 17.
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Did you know that 92 different bands have appeared in the Vikingland Band Festival since its inception in 1985? Browse the Festival archives to access scores and participants from previous Festivals.
DID YOU KNOW...?
Fourteen different bands have been named People's Choice since we launched the award in 1989, and the Mankato Lancers have
won it a record seven times! Previous People's Choice award winners:
• 2017 728 Cadets
• 2016 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• 2015 728 Cadets
• 2014 Waconia
• 2013 Mankato Lancers
• 2012 728 Cadets
• 2011 Bemidji
• 2010 Mankato Lancers
• 2007-08-09 Waconia
• 2006 The Patriots
• 2004-05 Waconia
• 2000-01-02-03 Mankato Lancers
• 1999 Albert Lea
• 1998 Champlin Park
• 1997 Fergus Falls
• 1996 Long Prairie
• 1994-95 Irondale
• 1993 Mankato Lancers
• 1991-92 New Richmond, WI
• 1990 Henry Sibley
• 1989 Hibbing
Festival Scenes: View past photo galleries »
2017 PLATINUM SPONSORS
EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL IN PERSON
Join the 20,000 spectators and 2,000 performers for this spectacular event.
Look here for the parade route and maps of Alexandria. More »
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
Pro Mach, Inc. Brenton, LLC
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Douglas Machine Inc.
Elden's Fresh Foods
Geneva Capital, LLC
Glenwood State Bank
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank & Trust
Gardonville Coop Telephone
Minnesota Eye Institute
Viking Garage Door
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Department
Barrel O' Fun
Bell State Bank
City of Alexandria
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
Hubbard Radio - Alexandria
Northern Heart Music
Osakis Public Schools
Parkers Prairie Schools
Paul's Small Engine
Rose City Signs
Sauk Centre Public Schools
Viking Office Supply
West Central Sanitation