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West Chester Christmas Parade

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Friday, December 1, 2017
7:15 PM

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West Chester Christmas Parade
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Web: GWCC.org

Email: Todd Marcocci, Producer

Phone: 610-431-1121

If you're interested in entering your band in the West Chester Christmas Parade and Band Competition, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.
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West Chester Christmas Parade Logo The "Big City" style parade meets historic West Chester, Pennsylvania in this amazing production that showcases more than 4,000 participants each year. Now in its 37th year, the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade evokes the aura of Norman Rockwell paintings. The parade was named by USA Today as one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season. In addition, QVC Home Shopping Network (based in West Chester) broadcasts LIVE during the parade and also airs portions of the parade on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day to more than 100 million households around the nation.

Participating marching bands compete for the chance to win a portion of more than $5,500 in prize money. This is one of the few competitive parade opportunities remaining on the east coast for high school bands. A panel of expert judges, who have DCI and WGI experience, lends credibility and excitement to the competition.

The 1-mile parade route travels through the heart of the historic business district. More than 35,000 spectators closely line the route, much like an experience on "Main Street USA." The entire parade route is free and open to the general public.

West Chester is located in Chester County, just 30 minutes west of Philadelphia or 2.5 hours from Washington, DC and New York City.

2017 Participating Bands

Mars Drinks West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas Parade Photos As of June 29, 2017

• American Originals Fife and Drum Corps, MD
• Frank W. Ballou Majestic Marching Knights Band, DC
• Bishop Shanahan High School Band, Downingtown, PA
• Central Bucks South High School Band, Warrington, PA
• Chapparells Baton and Drum Corps, OH
• Connetquot High Marching Band, NY
• Daniel Boone High School Band, Birdsboro, PA
• Downingtown High School Band, PA
• East Coast Westsiders Marching Band, MD
• Easton Area High School "Red Rover" Marching Band, Easton, PA
• Jackson Liberty High School Band, Jackson, NJ
• Henderson High School Band, West Chester, PA
• Marple Newtown High School Band, Newtown Square, PA
• Octorara Area High School Band, Atglen, PA
• Pennsbury High School Band, Fairless Hills, PA
• Bayard Rustin High School Band, West Chester, PA
• Springfield High School Band, Springfield, PA
• West Chester East High School Band, PA
• West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, West Chester, PA
• Wissahickon High School Marching Band, Ambler, PA

2016 Results


1 - 89.6 Pennsbury High School Band, Fairless Hills, PA
2 - 89.0 Jackson Liberty High School Band, Jackson, NJ
3 - 87.8 Easton Area High School Marching Band, Easton, PA
4 - 87.3 Marple Newtown High School Band, Newtown Square, PA
5 - 86.5 Downingtown High School Band, PA
6 - 78.1 Wissahickon High School Marching Band, Ambler, PA
7 - 75.4 Octorara High School Band, Atglen, PA
8 - 72.2 Springfield High School Band, Springfield, PA - TIE
8 - 72.2 Bayard Rustin High School Band, West Chester, PA - TIE
10 - 72.0 Daniel Boone High School Band, Birdsboro, PA
11 - 70.8 A.I. duPont High School Band, Greenville, DE
12 - 69.7 Central Bucks High School South Band, Warrington, PA

PARTICIPATION HONORS
• West Chester East High School Band, PA
• Cardinal O'Hara High School Marching Band, Springfield, PA
• Henderson High School Band, West Chester, PA
• Bishop Shanahan High School Band, Downingtown, PA
• Methacton High School Marching Band, Eagleville, PA

EXHIBITION
• West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, West Chester, PA

BEST MARCHING: Downingtown H.S.
BEST MUSIC: Jackson Liberty H.S.
BEST GENERAL EFFECT: Easton H.S.

Related Events


• An awards ceremony is held at the Chester County Courthouse immediately following the parade.

Future Dates

Friday, December 1, 2017
Friday, November 30, 2018
Friday, December 6, 2019
(Always held the Friday following Thanksgiving Day weekend. In the event of severe weather — heavy snow or thunderstorms — the parade is held one day later.)

For More Information

Web: GWCC.org

Email: Todd Marcocci, Producer
Phone: 610-431-1121

If you're interested in entering your band in the West Chester Christmas Parade and Band Competition, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.

View highlights of the 2012 West Chester Christmas Parade



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