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'Tis the Season: Marching bands travel to bowl game parades and holiday parades

Many major events can be viewed on television or online

In 2012 the Los Angeles USD All City Honor Marching Band made its 40th appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The holiday season is one of the most active travel periods for marching bands, with performance opportunities at holiday parades and events held in conjunction with college football bowl games.

If you're not lucky enough to be going on a band trip this year, or you didn't get prime tickets for the Rose Parade, you can at least catch some of the parades on television or online. has compiled this guide to major 2014/2015 parade events along with television broadcast schedules.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 5:30 PM (Central)
Television: Live coverage on ABC7 Chicago at 6:00 PM and rebroadcast across the country throughout the holiday season.
Look for six marching bands plus Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9 AM (Eastern)
Television: National telecast airs on NBC at 9 AM in all time zones.
Look for 12 marching bands, including Macy's Great American Marching Band with members from across the U.S.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Charlotte Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9:30 AM (Eastern)
Television: Airs from 4-6 PM on WBTV Channel 3 and online at
Look for 14 marching bands competing for $10,000 of prize money.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:15 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live local coverage on 6 ABC, plus regional coverage on various stations. Live online coverage at
Features 20 marching bands plus giant balloons and celebrities.

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 AM (Central)
Television: Live national coverage on WGN America. Live local coverage on WGN9.
Features 23 marching bands plus giant helium balloons.

Sun Bowl Parade Sun Bowl Parade
El Paso, Texas
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live coverage on local NBC affiliate KTSM Channel 9.
Look for marching bands from the U.S. and Mexico, plus numerous floats and equestrian units.

Waikiki Holiday Parade Waikiki Holiday Parade
Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 28, 2014, 7 PM (Hawaii)
No television coverage.
Bands from the mainland join local bands from the islands for the oceanfront procession along torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue.

Hollywood Christmas Parade Hollywood Christmas Parade
Hollywood, California
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6 PM (Pacific)
Television: Airs throughout December on the Hallmark Channel and local stations nationwide.
Look for 17 marching bands plus numerous celebrities including grand marshal Stevie Wonder.

West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Friday, December 5, 2014, 7:15 PM (Eastern)
QVC Home Shopping Network broadcasts live during the parade and airs portions of the parade on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Look for 23 marching bands competing for $5,000 of prize money.

Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade
Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10:30 AM (Eastern)
Television: Airs live on Channel 2 WSB-TV and online at
Features 15 marching bands, giant balloons, dance performances and colorful floats.

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
San Diego, California
Friday, December 26, 2014, 3 PM (Pacific)
Television: Live local coverage on Channel 4.
Held in conjunction with the National University Holiday Bowl. Look for marching bands, drill teams and more than 20 balloons.

Fiesta Bowl Fiesta Bowl Parade
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 11 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live local coverage on ABC15 and a webcast at
Look for high school and all-age marching bands plus colorful floats and giant balloons.

Liberty Bowl Parade Beale Street Parade
Memphis, Tennessee
Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3 PM (Central)
No television coverage.
Held in conjunction with the Liberty Bowl. Features high school bands plus bands representing the two college teams.

Florida Citrus Parade Florida Citrus Parade
Orlando, Florida
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10 AM (Eastern)
Television: Shown in more than 100 cities. Check local listings for broadcast times.
Features unique citrus floats, a dozen high school bands and the university bands representing the Citrus Bowl teams.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade
Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 8:00 AM (Eastern)
No television coverage.
Look for high school and university marching bands plus cheerleaders, mascots and classic cars.

Tournament of Roses Parade Tournament of Roses Parade
Pasadena, California
Thursday, January 1, 2015, 8 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on seven networks including HGTV, ABC, NBC and Univision.
Features 20 marching bands including bands from Denmark, Japan and Mexico. Bands also perform in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest December 29-30.

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