Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 25, 2023
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.
Eight different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title in the Festival's 38-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2023!
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2023 PLANNING UNDERWAY
Join us June 25 for the 39th annual festival! Are you looking to get involved, sponsor the festival, or enter your band in the parade? Feel
free to contact us.
2022 PHOTO GALLERY
Relive the excitement of the 2022 Vikingland Band Festival with a gallery of more than 100 photos! View the 2022 photo gallery featuring images of every band.
2022 PARADE RESULTS
Thousands of spectators enjoyed a stellar lineup of performances under breezy blue skies at the 38th Annual Vikingland Band Festival.
The Alexandria Marching Band served as host to more than 1,100 students from across Minnesota. Waconia scored 88.1 to claim its sixth Grand
Champion title, followed closely by perennial contender 728 Cadets with 86.6. Milaca scored 81.8, Champlin Park scored 80.5 and Sauk Rapids-Rice
scored 79.0 to round out the overall top five. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg earned its second People's Choice Award, and also retired a Class Champion flag by winning the Class A title three
years in a row. View complete 2022 results »
Pick up your free copy of the parade program from bins on corners of key intersections along the parade route. As we continue to streamline the program and be environmentally friendly, you can also
view a digital version of the program.
2020 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.
DID YOU KNOW...?
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
Festival Scenes: View photo galleries »
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EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL IN PERSON
Join the thousands of spectators and performers for this spectacular event.
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Runestone Electric Association
Alexandria Elks Lodge #1685
Alexandria Technical & Community College
American Solutions for Business
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Elden's Fresh Foods
First Western Bank & Trust
Glenwood State Bank
Kvale Real Estate
Martinson Insurance Agency
MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union
Steinbring Motorcoach, Inc.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #936
Viking Garage Door
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association
Central Specialties, Inc.
Factory Home Center
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone
Knights of Columbus #4718
Viking Garage Door
Alexandria Area Robotics
Alexandria Golf Cars
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Street Department
Better Homes & Garden Real Estate
City of Alexandria
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Marine Corps League Runestone Detachment #1409
North Star Academy
West Central Sanitation
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