Vikingland Band Festival
Band Festival

Alexandria, Minnesota

Always the last Sunday
in June

Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Vikingland Band Festival : 2017 Parade Info


Join us on Sunday, June 25 at 1:30 PM for the 33rd Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Come a day early to enjoy the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere on Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 PM.

Quick links to the information on this page:
Parade Lineup
Parade Route
Reviewing Stand Seating Tickets
Parade DVD
Hotels and Lodging
Map and Directions to Alexandria

The 2017 event features a full roster of 20 high school bands plus two drum & bugle corps in exhibition. That's a total of 2,000 performers in 22 marching ensembles!

• Alexandria - Host
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Albany
• Benson
• Champlin Park
• Dassel-Cokato
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Hutchinson
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• Milaca
• Richfield
• Sartell
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Waconia
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets

Parade order and classes of competition will be posted in May.

The Vikingland Band Festival parade travels south on Alexandria's main street (Broadway) from 4th Avenue to 15th Avenue.

There are four performance zones which provide the best opportunity for you to hear every band play their music.

  • Judging takes place near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Broadway.
  • The DVD cameras and a People's Choice voting area are near the intersection of 8th Avenue and Broadway. (Note: The DVD cameras are moving back to this original location in 2017, after being further down the parade route in recent years!)
  • A second People's Choice voting area is near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Broadway.
  • A final performance area is near the intersection of 14th Avenue and Broadway. This zone ends where all the drum majors gather to salute their competitors.
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REVIEWING STAND SEATING Tickets on sale in May!
Bleacher seating is available in prime viewing areas along the parade route. This is a convenient option since your ticket ensures that you'll have a great seat along the parade route, you don't have to carry your own lawn chair, and you don't have to arrive early to claim a good seat.

More information and ordering links will be posted when bleachers tickets go on sale in May.

Vikingland Band Festival DVDORDER THE 2017 PARADE DVD
Includes FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
Overhead shots and multi-camera views make the 2017 Festival DVD great. Professional cameras from Livewire Entertainment will capture the bands at the peak of their summer season. Your DVD includes a bonus DVD featuring 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 8th Avenue recording area.

More information and ordering links will be posted when DVD pre-orders go on sale in late May.

If you need a place to stay during your visit to Alexandria, refer to the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Lodging Directory or the Explore Alexandria Tourism website at

Alexandria is located in central Minnesota roughly half-way between Fargo, North Dakota, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. From Interstate 94, turn into Alexandria at exit number 103. Exit to the North going toward the town. (You'll be on Broadway/Highway 27/Highway 29 ... all three roads converge and become the main street through the city). The parade travels on Broadway in the downtown area.

If you want to visit the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office, continue north all the way into town. The Chamber is located at 206 Broadway, just a few steps beyond 3rd Avenue and directly across from the town's most famous landmark: the 26-foot Big Ole viking statue.

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