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


Many major events can be viewed on television or online

The Aguiluchos Marching Band from Puebla, Mexico, will make its third appearance in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2020. 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 2019/2020 parade events along with television broadcast schedules.

Click any event name to view the roster of participating marching bands.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 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.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:15 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live local coverage at 8:30 AM on 6ABC and online at 6abc.com, plus regional coverage on various stations. Features 21 marching bands plus giant balloons and celebrities.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 9:00 AM (Eastern)
Television: National telecast airs on NBC from 9 AM to Noon in all time zones. See real-time bonus coverage through a livestream at youtube.com/verizon from 8:30 AM to Noon (Eastern). Look for 11 marching bands, including two gigantic bands from Western Carolina University and the Awesome Original Second Time Arounders.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Charlotte Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 9:00 AM (Eastern)
Television: Streamed live on the WBTV Facebook page at 9 AM. Airs on WBTV Channel 3 at 4PM. Look for bands, floats, balloons and performances in the Southeast's largest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:00 AM (Central)
Television: Live coverage on WGN9 and online at WGNTV.com. Features marching bands and giant balloons.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Houston, Texas
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 9:00 AM (Central)
Television: Airs live on KHOU11 at 9 AM and repeats at 10 AM and 11 AM. Look for seven high school, university and military bands plus 12 balloons.

Sun Bowl Parade Sun Bowl Parade
El Paso, Texas
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 10:00 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live coverage on local NBC affiliate KTSM Channel 9. Look for marching bands plus numerous floats and equestrian units.

Waikiki Holiday Parade Waikiki Holiday Parade
Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:00 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, 2019, 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Television: Check listings for air dates throughout December on The CW network, Hallmark Channel and other local stations nationwide. Look for 12 marching bands plus numerous celebrities.

West Chester Christmas Parade QVC West Chester Christmas Parade
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:15 PM (Eastern)
Television: 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 $5,500 of prize money.

Nashville Christmas Parade Nashville Christmas Parade
Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00 AM (Central)
Television: Airs live on WKRN News 2 and WKRN.com. A highlights version billed as the Nashville Holiday Music Special airs nationwide throughout the holiday season. Look for 14 marching bands from eight states, balloons and celebrities.

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
Palm Springs, California
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5:45 PM (Pacific)
Television: Airs live on NBC affiliate KMIR in Palm Springs. Features lighted floats, balloons, celebrities and marching bands.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
San Diego, California
Thursday, December 26, 2019, 3:00 PM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on Fox Sports San Diego. Billed as America's largest balloon parade, look for more than 20 balloons along with marching bands and drill teams.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade
Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, December 28, 2019, 12:00 PM (Eastern)
No television coverage. Look for high school and university marching bands plus cheerleaders, mascots and classic cars.

Fiesta Bowl Fiesta Bowl Parade
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, December 28, 2019, 9:00 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live local coverage on 3TV and a webcast at www.azfamily.com. Look for marching bands plus colorful floats and giant balloons.

Outback Bowl Parade Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade
Tampa Bay, Florida
Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 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
Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 8:00 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on multiple networks including ABC, NBC, KTLA, RFD-TV and Univision. Features 22 marching bands including bands from Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Bands also perform in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest December 29-30.

The Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band is one of the bands that has a standing invitation to perform in the annual Rose Parade.

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