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Vikingland Band Festival : 2020 Vikingland Band Festival canceled
2020 Vikingland Band Festival canceled
ALEXANDRIA, MN (April 26, 2020) The Vikingland Band Festival committee regretfully announces that the 36th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship scheduled for Sunday, June 28, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The committee started discussing contingency plans in mid-March, but circumstances became clear it would be impossible to hold the event this year.
• Schools will remain closed through the end of the school year which means most, if not all, summer marching band programs will be canceled.
• The large crowds at the parade and awards ceremony would make social distancing impossible and would exceed the governor's guidance on crowd size limits.
FIRST EVENT CANCELLATION EVER
This will mark the first time in the event's history that the parade will not be held. Even the weather has cooperated over the years, with only two parades experiencing light rain, and one major interruption in 1991 when the parade route was shortened due to heavy rain.
Last month, the committee announced that the guest band from Norway had canceled its trip to the USA for 2020. That change also affected a concert that was to be held on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn in conjunction with the Red Willow Arts Coalition.
Bands that currently hold a traveling Class Champion or Grand Champion flag will have the chance to defend their title and flag at next year's festival. When a band earns a flag three consecutive years, the flag is retired in the band's honor and becomes the band's to keep.
The committee extends heartfelt thanks to the bands that had registered for the 2020 parade, and to the many sponsors that have kept the festival strong since its founding in 1985.
STAY TUNED AND PARTICIPATE IN TRIBUTES
Follow the event on Facebook and at VikinglandBandFestival.com to enjoy and participate in tributes that will be shared on June 28 and throughout the summer.
The Vikingland Band Festival is committed to showcasing the hard work and excellent performances of summer marching bands. Plans are underway to hold the 37th Annual Vikingland Band Festival on Sunday, June 27, 2021.