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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 2013/2014 parade events along with television broadcast schedules.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 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 five marching bands plus Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 9 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live national coverage on NBC.
Look for 12 marching bands, including Macy's Great American Marching Band with members from across the U.S.

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:00 AM (Central)
Television: Live national coverage on WGN America. Live local coverage on WGN9.
Features 23 marching bands plus giant helium balloons.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade 6ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:15 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live local coverage on 6 ABC, plus regional coverage on various stations. Live online coverage at
Features 17 marching bands plus giant balloons and celebrities.

Sun Bowl Parade Sun Bowl Parade
El Paso, Texas
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 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 29, 2013, 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, December 1, 2013, 6 PM (Pacific)
Television: Airs throughout December on local stations nationwide.
Look for 16 marching bands plus numerous celebrities including grand marshal Joe Mantegna.

West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:00 PM (Eastern)
No television coverage.
Look for 15 marching bands competing for $5,000 of prize money.

America's Children's Holiday Parade America's Children's Holiday Parade
Oakland, California
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 2:00 PM (Pacific)
Television: Broadcast on PBS affiliates across the U.S. and local coverage on KTVU-FOX 2, KICU 36, KQED-PBS, KTEH-PBS and Peralta TV.
Look for 24 marching bands plus dozens of favorite children's cartoon and storybook characters.

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
San Diego, California
Monday, December 30, 2013, 10 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live local coverage on Channel 4.
Held in conjunction with the National University Holiday Bowl. Look for 20 marching bands and more than 20 balloons.

Liberty Bowl Parade Beale Street Parade
Memphis, Tennessee
Monday, December 30, 2013, 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
Monday, December 30, 2013, 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 Capital One Bowl teams.

Fiesta Bowl Fiesta Bowl Parade
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 11 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live local coverage on ABC15 and a taped webcast at
Look for a dozen high school and university bands plus colorful floats and giant balloons.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade
Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 12:30 PM (Eastern)
No television coverage.
Look for approximately 10 high school marching bands plus the two university bands.

Gator Bowl Parade Gator Bowl Parade
Jacksonville, Florida
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 3 PM (Eastern)
Television: Live local coverage on WJXT Channel 4.
Approximately 10 high school bands and two university bands.

Tournament of Roses Parade Tournament of Roses Parade
Pasadena, California
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 8 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on seven networks including HGTV, ABC, NBC and Univision.
Features 20 bands including bands from Panama, Japan, Alaska and Hawaii. Bands also perform in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest December 29-30.

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