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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

The Calgary Stampede Showband will make its fourth appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2019. 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 2018/2019 parade events along with television broadcast schedules.

America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration Parade America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration Parade
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:00 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live coverage on PACTV.org (Plymouth Area Community Television) and the HERE Boston streaming app.
Look for 11 marching units including alumni drum and bugle corps from four states.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 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 six marching bands plus Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 8:15 AM (Eastern)
Television: Live local coverage on 6 ABC, plus regional coverage on various stations. Live online coverage at www.6abc.com.
Features 23 marching bands plus giant balloons and celebrities.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 9:00 AM (Eastern)
Television: National telecast airs on NBC at 9 AM in all time zones.
Look for 12 marching bands, including three powerful university bands from CA, OH and VA.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Charlotte Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 9:00 AM (Eastern)
Television: Streamed live on WBTV.com 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.

Uncle Dan's Thanksgiving Parade Uncle Dan's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 8:00 AM (Central)
Television: Live coverage on WGN9, WGN America 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 22, 2018, 9:00 AM (Central)
Television: Airs live on KHOU11 at 9 AM and repeats at 10 AM.
Look for high school and university marching bands plus 19 balloons.

Sun Bowl Parade Sun Bowl Parade
El Paso, Texas
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 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 23, 2018, 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, November 25, 2018, 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Television: Airs December 15 on The CW network, December 25 on the Hallmark Channel, and other local stations nationwide.
Look for 12 marching bands plus numerous celebrities including grand marshal Nancy O'Dell.

West Chester Christmas Parade QVC West Chester Christmas Parade
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Friday, November 30, 2018, 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 1, 2018, 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 marching bands, balloons and celebrities including Kid Rock and LeAnn Rimes.

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
Palm Springs, California
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 5:45 PM (Pacific)
Television: Airs live on NBC affiliate KMIR in Palm Springs.
Features lighted floats, balloons, celebrities and marching bands.

Florida Citrus Parade Florida Citrus Parade
Orlando, Florida
Saturday, December 29, 2018, 11:00 AM (Eastern)
Television: 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
Saturday, December 29, 2018, 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 29, 2018, 10:00 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.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
San Diego, California
Monday, December 31, 2018, 10:00 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on Fox Sports 1.
Billed as America's largest balloon parade, look for more than 20 balloons along with marching bands and drill teams.

Outback Bowl Parade Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade
Tampa, Florida
Monday, December 31, 2018, 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
Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8:00 AM (Pacific)
Television: Live coverage on multiple networks including HGTV, ABC and NBC.
Features 22 marching bands including bands from Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Puerto Rico and Sweden. Bands also perform in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest December 29-30.

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