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Vikingland Band Festival : 2017 Parade Info
2017 VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL INFO
Join us on Sunday, June 25 at 1:30 PM for the 33rd Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Come a day early to enjoy the
Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere on Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 PM.
Quick links to the information on this page:
Reviewing Stand Seating Tickets
Hotels and Lodging
Map and Directions to Alexandria
The 2017 event features a full roster of 20 high school bands plus two drum & bugle corps in exhibition. That's a total of 2,000 performers in 22 marching ensembles!
View by class or in parade order.
• Alexandria - Host
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
View the list of participating bands by class or in parade order.
The Vikingland Band Festival parade travels south on Alexandria's main street (Broadway) from 4th Avenue to 15th Avenue.
There are four performance zones which provide the best opportunity for you to hear every band play their music.
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- Judging takes place near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Broadway.
- The DVD cameras and a People's Choice voting area are near the intersection of 8th Avenue and Broadway. (Note: The DVD cameras are moving back to this original location in 2017, after being further down the parade route in recent years!)
- A second People's Choice voting area is near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Broadway.
- A final performance area is near the intersection of 14th Avenue and Broadway. This zone ends where all the drum majors gather to salute their competitors.
REVIEWING STAND SEATING
Bleacher seating is available in prime viewing areas along the parade route where every band performs.
This is a convenient option since your ticket ensures that you don't have to carry your own lawn chair and you don't have to arrive early to claim a good seat.
A very limited number of seats are available in the VIP bleachers. This premium section is located on the west side of 6th Avenue next to the judging platform and is where our grand marshals and major sponsors are seated. (Limit of 4 VIP tickets per order, please).
Seats at 6th Avenue (East and West sides) are in the judging area. Seats at 8th Avenue (West side) have an emcee providing commentary between performances and are located near the DVD cameras and within a People's Choice voting area.
Seats at 11th Avenue (West side) are within a People's Choice voting area.
NEW for 2017! For the first time, the 14th Avenue zone will have lawn chair seating in covered canopy tents. Cheer as bands cross the finish line of the championship parade with their grand finale performance!
HOTELS AND LODGING
If you need a place to stay during your visit to Alexandria, refer to the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website at
AlexandriaMN.org/lodging.html or the Explore Alexandria website at ExploreAlex.com/accommodations.
MAP AND DIRECTIONS TO ALEXANDRIA
Alexandria is located in central Minnesota roughly half-way between Fargo, North Dakota, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
From Interstate 94, turn into Alexandria at exit number 103. Exit to the North going toward the town.
(You'll be on Broadway/Highway 27/Highway 29 ... all three roads converge and become the main street
through the city). The parade travels on Broadway in the downtown area.
If you want to visit the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office, continue north all the way
into town. The Chamber is located at 206 Broadway, just a few steps beyond 3rd Avenue
and directly across from the town's most famous landmark: the 26-foot Big Ole viking statue.
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