Vikingland Band Festival
37th Annual
Band Festival

Parade Marching Championship

Sunday, June 27, 2021
1:30 PM

Alexandria, Minnesota

The Midwest's finest high school marching bands gather in Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Summer parade bands are at their peak in late June and they pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street.

Future Dates:
June 27, 2021
June 26, 2022
June 25, 2023
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2021 Vikingland Band Festival Pictures The 2021 Vikingland Band Festival was a joyful celebration of resilient students and directors. Relive the excitement as bands returned to the street in the 37th annual parade. View the 2021 photo gallery featuring images of every band.

Fifteen marching bands made a triumphant return to Alexandria as the 37th Annual Vikingland Band Festival featured fantastic performances for a huge crowd enjoying perfect weather. Although some aspects of this year's event were modified due to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, committee members agreed that the bands and the spirit of the day exceeded all expectations.

This year's judging format featured ratings rather than numerical scores, with nine bands achieving a rating of Excellent, and six bands achieving a rating of Superior. The six bands reaching the Superior rating were Champlin Park, Milaca, Bemidji, Winona Cotter, Waconia and 728 Cadets. The Alexandria Marching Band serves as host band and plans are already underway for next year's parade which is always held the last Sunday of June.

View complete 2021 results »

2021 Grand Marshals Bruce and Kathleen Pohlig Here's the key info for Sunday: the complete parade order, plus where to find free programs, bathrooms and vendors along the route. Full Details >>

2021 Vikingland Band Festival is ON! Here's what will look the same and what will be different
The 2021 parade is confirmed to march down Broadway in Alexandria on Sunday, June 27, at 1:30 PM, and we encourage fans to come and cheer for the bands! The uncertainty surrounding the season meant that some details had to be modified. Here's a look at what you can expect to be the same or different at this year's event. Full Story >>

2021 Grand Marshals Bruce and Kathleen Pohlig Bruce and Kathleen Pohlig have been named grand marshals of the 2021 Vikingland Band Festival in recognition of their long record of leadership, volunteer work and support throughout the community. Full Story >>

COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2021
We're increasingly optimistic that we will be able to gather in person for the 2021 Vikingland Band Festival. The Festival committee has discussed optional formats for the event and will refine the plan as we get closer to summer. Full Story >>

2020 Vikingland Band Festival Virtual Showcase The 36th Annual Vikingland Band Festival was presented as a virtual showcase. We invited bands to submit videos, photos and tributes to their seniors; we invited committee members to extend video greetings; and we assembled photos from the archives to make sure all bands in the 2020 lineup are represented. The result is an uplifting, entertaining and fast-paced 16-minute video presentation. Watch the video on our Facebook or YouTube page.

Did you know that 94 different bands have appeared in the Vikingland Band Festival since its inception in 1985? Browse the Festival archives to access scores and participants from previous Festivals.

Alexandria is the only band to appear in every Vikingland Band Festival, but many bands have a long history performing in the festival. Including 2021 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (37), Fergus Falls (34), Waconia (33), Henry Sibley (32), Mankato Lancers (32), Winona Cotter (32), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27), St. Cloud All-City (24), Sauk Rapids (23), Litchfield (22), Osseo (18), Albany (20), Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (18), Champlin Park (17), New York Mills (17), Sartell (16), Albert Lea (16).

Fifteen different bands have been named People's Choice since we launched the award in 1989, and the Mankato Lancers and Waconia have each won it a record seven times! Previous People's Choice award winners:
• 2021 No awards - festival style ratings
• 2020 No awards - virtual event
• 2019 Dassel-Cokato
• 2018 Waconia
• 2017 728 Cadets
• 2016 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• 2015 728 Cadets
• 2014 Waconia
• 2013 Mankato Lancers
• 2012 728 Cadets
• 2011 Bemidji
• 2010 Mankato Lancers
• 2007-08-09 Waconia
• 2006 The Patriots
• 2004-05 Waconia
• 2000-01-02-03 Mankato Lancers
• 1999 Albert Lea
• 1998 Champlin Park
• 1997 Fergus Falls
• 1996 Long Prairie
• 1994-95 Irondale
• 1993 Mankato Lancers
• 1991-92 New Richmond, WI
• 1990 Henry Sibley
• 1989 Hibbing

Vikingland Band Festival Photo Festival Scenes: View photo galleries »

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Join the thousands of spectators and performers for this spectacular event. Look here for the parade route and maps of Alexandria. More »


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