Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 30, 2013
PLUS! Root Beer Float Concert
Saturday, June 29, 2013
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.
Seven different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title in the Festival's 27-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2013!
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140 Photos! 2013 PHOTO GALLERY
Relive the excitement of the 29th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2013 photo gallery of 140 images featuring every band plus highlights of the weekend.
2013 PARADE RESULTS
Bands one after another rose to deliver their best shows of the year under perfect skies and to enthusiastic applause
at the 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival. 728 Cadets earned their first Grand Champion title with their program
"A Simple Gift." Mankato 77 Lancers placed second overall and earned their seventh People's Choice award with their program "Revolution."
Park Center, Waconia and Sauk Rapids-Rice rounded out the overall top five bands.
View 2013 results online or download the complete recap (PDF format).
FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2013 PARADE DVD
Fantastic aerial shots and multi-camera views make the Vikingland Band Festival DVD great.
The television-style production features each band's performance on the parade route.
By popular demand, you will again get a bonus DVD of unedited footage from the overhead camera. Each band's performance can be seen from the air, uncut, showcasing their
formations as they march through the video recording area. Get details and order now at ExcellentMultimedia.com »
2013 PARADE ENTRIES
Another great lineup! Thanks to all the band directors who registered for the 2013 Festival.
View the participating bands by class or in parade order.
Hear every band play!
PEOPLE'S CHOICE VIEWING ZONES
This year's Festival will have more than 30 People's Choice judges, and many of them
will be seated in two special "People's Choice" viewing areas: one near 8th Avenue and the other near 11th Avenue which is also the DVD recording area.
The public is invited to view the parade in these festive zones.
BAND FROM NORWAY RETURNS IN 2013!
The Stabekk School Band from Oslo, Norway has confirmed plans for its second appearance in the Vikingland Band Festival. The Stabekk Band received a huge ovation in 2008 and the
Festival committee is thrilled to welcome our international guests back to Alexandria. The adorable kids from the junior band are now the seniors!
GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
Mary and Randy Morken have been chosen to lead the 2013 parade as Grand Marshals in recognition of their life-long dedication to music.
The Morkens have been involved as music teachers, band parents, church music leaders and more. Read their Echo Press interview »
"ROOT BEER FLOAT CONCERT" ON SATURDAY NIGHT
The Vikingland Band Festival features events on both Saturday and Sunday in 2013. On Saturday, June 29,
enjoy free root beer floats, face painting and an informal musical performance. The Alexandria Marching Band will perform its summer marching music,
and the Stabekk School Band from Norway will perform its parade and concert music. Plus, the two bands will join together for a mass band performance
of the anthems from both countries. Face painting begins at 4:30 PM and the concert begins at 6:00 PM in the Jefferson High School gym. Concert co-sponsored by Glenwood State Bank and Martinson Insurance Agency.
Did you know that 85 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...?
Two bands have appeared in every Vikingland Band Festival. Congrats and thanks to Bertha-Hewitt and Alexandria for this long run.
Including 2013 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Fergus Falls (26), Park Center (25), Waconia (25), Henry Sibley (24), Mankato Lancers (24), Winona Cotter (24),
St. Cloud All-City (23), Litchfield (22), Osseo (18), Albert Lea (16).
Thirteen 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:
• 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 »
2013 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
Glenwood State Bank
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Dairy Queen South
Elden's Food Fair
Garden Center Lanes
Knights of Columbus
Martinson Insurance Agency
Pete's County Market
VFW Post #936
ROOT BEER FLOAT CONCERT SPONSORS
Glenwood State Bank
Martinson Insurance Agency
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Bell State Bank
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone
Lakeland Lodging - Holiday Inn
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Dept.
American Legion Post 87
Douglas County Sheriff's Posse
Farm Credit Services
Independent School District #206
Minnewaska Schools/Pat Osterberg
Rose City Canopy
Runestone Electric Assn.
Viking Office Supply
West Central Sanitation