Vikingland Band Festival
Band Festival

Alexandria, Minnesota

Always the last Sunday
in June

Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Vikingland Band Festival : 2018 Parade Info


Join us on Sunday, June 24 at 1:30 PM for the 34th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Come a day early to enjoy the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere on Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 PM.

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

The 2018 event features nearly 1,800 performers!

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

View the list of participating bands by class or in parade order.

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.
  • 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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Bleacher seating is available in prime viewing areas along the parade route where every band performs. This is a convenient option since your ticket ensures that you don't have to carry your own lawn chair and you don't have to arrive early to claim a good seat.

A very limited number of seats are available in the VIP bleachers. This premium section is located on the west side of 6th Avenue next to the judging platform and is where our grand marshals and major sponsors are seated. (Limit of 4 VIP tickets per order, please).

Seats at 6th Avenue (East and West sides) are in the judging area. Seats at 8th Avenue (West side) have an emcee providing commentary between performances and are located near the DVD cameras and within a People's Choice voting area. Seats at 11th Avenue (West side) are within a People's Choice voting area.

Expanded for 2018! The 14th Avenue zone will have covered canopy tents with padded chairs. Cheer as bands cross the finish line of the championship parade with their grand finale performance!

Ticket sales begin Monday, May 21, at 9 AM.

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