PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE
BE A PART OF THE ENERGY-FILLED SPECTACLE
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC is one of the largest annual spectator events in Washington. The Parade takes place in Downtown DC along historic Constitution Avenue. People line the street for blocks to watch the two-hour, televised procession of original floats, giant character helium balloons, and other fun Parade fanfare.
MARCHING BAND APPLICATIONS
The Parade is a complex mix of entertainment including gigantic balloons, magnificent floats, specialty units, celebrity talent, and special production numbers. Marching bands are an integral part of this mix; the pageantry, musical selection, colors, marching style, and auxiliary contributions help create a stunning presentation.
The Festival welcomes applications from high school, university, and specialty marching bands. Selected bands represent the best that local, regional, and national music programs have to offer.
Please note, the 2019 Marching Band Application period is now closed.
2020 Marching Band Applications
Applications for the 2020 Parade will be reviewed beginning May 21, 2019; applications must be received by September 6, 2019. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so bands are encouraged to submit their applications early in the application period.
2021 Marching Band Applications
Applications for the 2021 Parade will be reviewed beginning May 18, 2020; applications must be received by September 4, 2020. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so bands are encouraged to submit their applications early in the application period.
THERE ARE MORE WAYS TO BE A PART OF THE PARADE!
Specialty units, youth choir members, and dancers are sought to add to the energy-filled spectacle.
The Parade is seeking unique specialty units to accompany our celebrity talent, floats, giant helium balloons, and marching bands from across the country. Examples of specialty units include: Equestrian, dance, cultural, historical, musical and other groups. Applications must be received by November 27, 2018.
Youth choirs are invited to perform with hundreds of vocalists on the steps of the National Archives for the youth choir production and perform again as part of the Parade finale production for television.
Calling all dancers! This is the chance to perform with hundreds of dancers in front of the National Archives for television, walk down Constitution Avenue dancing and waving to the crowd, and perform again near the White House.