The "Big City" style parade meets historic West Chester, Pennsylvania in this amazing production that showcases more than 4,000 participants each year. Now in its 35th
year, the Mars Drinks Old Fashioned Christmas Parade presented by QVC evokes the aura of Norman Rockwell paintings. The parade was named by USA Today as one of the
top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season. In addition, QVC Home Shopping Network (based in West Chester) broadcasts LIVE
during the parade and also airs portions of the parade on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day to more than 100 million households around the nation.
Participating marching bands compete for the chance to win a portion of more than $5,500 in prize money. This is one of the few competitive parade opportunities
remaining on the east coast for high school bands. A panel of expert judges, who have DCI and WGI experience, lends credibility and excitement to the competition.
The 1-mile parade route travels through the heart of the historic business district. More than 35,000 spectators closely line the route, much like an experience on "Main
Street USA." The entire parade route is free and open to the general public.
West Chester is located in Chester County, just 30 minutes west of Philadelphia or 2.5 hours from Washington, DC and New York City.
Hempfield High School Band, Landisville, PA - Honor Band
A.I. DuPont High School Band, Wilmington, DE
Avon Grove High School Band, West Grove, PA
Bishop Shanahan High School Band, Downingtown, PA
Brian Boru Pipes and Drums, King of Prussia, PA
Chi-Chester High School Band, Boothwyn, PA
Conestoga High School Band, Berwyn, PA
Daniel Boone High School Band, Birdsboro, PA
Downingtown High School Band, PA
Henderson High School Band, West Chester, PA
Marple Newtown High School Band, Newtown Square, PA
Octorara High School Band, Atglen, PA
Owen J. Roberts High School Band, Pottstown, PA
Pottsgrove High School Band, PA
Rustin High School Band, West Chester, PA
Springfield High School Band, Springfield, PA
Springford High School Band, Royersford, PA
West Chester East High School Band, PA
West Chester University Marching Band, West Chester, PA
West Chester University Trumpet Ensemble, West Chester, PA
Email: Todd Marcocci
If you're interested in entering your band in the West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade and Band Competition,
please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.