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 36th
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.
Competing Bands (in order of appearance)
West Chester East High School Band, PA
Avon Grove High School Band, West Grove, PA
Downingtown High School Band, PA
Bishop Shanahan High School Band, Downingtown, PA
Owen J. Roberts High School Band, Pottstown, PA
Henderson High School Band, West Chester, PA
Chichester High School Band, Boothwyn, PA
Octorara High School Band, Atglen, PA
Jackson Liberty High School Band, Jackson, NJ
Marple Newtown High School Band, Newtown Square, PA
Daniel Boone High School Band, Birdsboro, PA
Springfield High School Band, Springfield, PA
Rustin High School Band, West Chester, PA
Pottsgrove High School Band, PA
West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, West Chester, PA
West Chester University Trumpet Ensemble, West Chester, PA
Brian Boru Pipes and Drums, King of Prussia, PA
A.I. DuPont High School Band, Wilmington, DE
New Edmondson Village Steppers, MD
The Salvation Army Pendel Brass Band, PA
Quaker City String Band, Philadelphia, PA
Springford High School Band, Royersford, PA - Honor Band
Chester County Emerald Society Pipe Band, 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.