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 PARADE RESULTS
Thousands of spectators enjoyed a stellar lineup of performances at the 39th Annual Vikingland Band Festival, as the parade escaped the cloudy skies with little more
than a few passing raindrops. The Alexandria Marching Band served as host to more than 1,000 students from across Minnesota. 728 Cadets scored 88.8 to claim its fifth Grand
Champion title, followed closely by perennial contender Waconia with 87.8. Milaca scored 85.4, Dassel-Cokato scored 84.1, and Champlin Park scored 81.5
to round out the overall top five. Winona Cotter was sixth overall, claiming first place in Class A and also earning its first People's Choice Award.
View complete 2023 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.
PARADE REVIEWING STAND SEATS
No need to bring your lawn chair or arrive extra early to reserve a spot! Bleacher seating is available in prime viewing areas along the parade route.
Every band will perform in front of the seating areas. As of Saturday afternoon, tickets still remain in our largest and highest bleacher at 6th Avenue East. (The three smaller sections are sold out.)
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2023 PARADE ENTRIES
The 2023 festival features another great lineup! View the bands 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
• Sartell-St. Stephen
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
Retired music teachers Carolyn Aarsvold, Joelle Burreson, Steve Deitz and Jane Herth have been named grand marshals of the 2023 Vikingland Band Festival! The four were selected for the honor
because of their positive impact on students as music educators in Alexandria Public Schools.
NEW! $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP
New for 2023, Alexandria's Vikingland Band Festival will present a $1,000.00 scholarship to a senior student pursuing a degree in education.
See scholarship details for full criteria and the application form.
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.
Did you know that 95 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 2022 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (38), Fergus Falls (35), Waconia (34), Winona Cotter (33), Henry Sibley/Two Rivers (33), Mankato Lancers (32), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27),
Sauk Rapids (24), St. Cloud All-City (24), Litchfield (22), Albany (20), Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (19), Champlin Park (18), Osseo (18), Sartell (17), New York Mills (17), 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:
• 2022 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• 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.
Look here for the parade route and maps of Alexandria. More »
Carlson Music Center
Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors
Steinbring Motorcoach, Inc.
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Alexandria Elks Lodge #1685
American Solutions for Business
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Elden's Fresh Foods
Glenwood State Bank
Martinson Insurance Agency
Viking Garage Door Co.
Winning Edge Graphics
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association
Alexandria Area Bowling Association
Alexandria Elks Lodge #1685
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association
Alexandria Area Robotics
Alexandria Golf Cars
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Street Department
City of Alexandria
Community Vacuum & Sewing Center LLC
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Livewire Entertainment Media Services, LLC
Marine Corps League Runestone Detachment #1409
North Star Academy
West Central Sanitation
Winning Edge Graphics