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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

Macy's Great American Marching Band will celebrate its 10th anniversary during the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day 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. Marching.com has compiled this guide to major 2015/2016 parade events along with television broadcast schedules.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 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 26, 2015, 9 AM (Eastern)
Television: National telecast airs on NBC at 9 AM in all time zones.
Look for 12 marching bands, including four powerfu university bands from IL, PA, TX and VA.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Houston, Texas
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 9 AM (Central)
Television: Airs live on KHOU11 at 9 AM and repeats at 10 AM and 11 AM.
Look for seven high school and university marching bands plus the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Charlotte Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 9:30 AM (Eastern)
Television: Airs live on WBTV Channel 3 and rebroadcast at 1PM. Also online at WBTV.com.
Look for marching bands from three states competing for $10,000 of prize money.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 8:30 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live local coverage on 6 ABC, plus regional coverage on various stations. Live online coverage at www.6abc.com.
Features 15 marching bands plus giant balloons and celebrities.

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 8:00 AM (Central)
Television: Live coverage on WGN9, WGN America and online at WGNTV.com.
Features 19 marching bands plus giant helium balloons.

Sun Bowl Parade Sun Bowl Parade
El Paso, Texas
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 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 27, 2015, 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 29, 2015, 6 PM (Pacific)
Television: Airs throughout December on the Hallmark Channel and local stations nationwide.
Look for 14 marching bands plus numerous celebrities including grand marshals Penn & Teller.

West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Friday, December 4, 2015, 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 16 marching bands competing for $5,000 of prize money.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
San Diego, California
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 10 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live local coverage on Channel 4.
Billed as America's largest balloon parade, look for more than 20 balloons along with marching bands and drill teams.

Florida Citrus Parade Florida Citrus Parade
Orlando, Florida
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 11 AM (Eastern)
Television: Shown in more than 100 cities. Check local listings for broadcast times.
Features unique citrus floats, 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
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 8:00 AM (Eastern)
No television coverage.
Look for high school and university marching bands plus cheerleaders, mascots and classic cars.

Outback Bowl Parade Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade
Tampa, Florida
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 5:30 PM (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
Friday, January 1, 2016, 8 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on seven networks including HGTV, ABC, NBC and Univision.
Features 20 marching bands including bands from Guatemala, Japan and Mexico. Bands also perform in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest December 29-30.

Liberty Bowl Parade Beale Street Parade
Memphis, Tennessee
Friday, January 1, 2016, 3 PM (Central)
No television coverage.
Held in conjunction with the Liberty Bowl. Features high school bands plus bands representing the two college teams.

Fiesta Bowl Fiesta Bowl Parade
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, January 2, 2016, 11 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live local coverage on 3TV and a webcast at www.azfamily.com.
Look for high school and all-age marching bands plus colorful floats and giant balloons.

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