Special Events

MALL OF AMERICA MUSIC FESTIVAL (Competitive)
Date: April – May (Call for dates)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
OPEN TO: Bands, Choirs and Orchestras
CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL (Competitive)
Date: December (Call for dates)
Cork/Kilkarney, Ireland
OPEN TO: Choirs
ARKANSAS MUSIC FESTIVAL (Competitive)
Date: April – May (Call for dates)
(Festival & Parade options)
Little Rock/Hot Springs, AR
OPEN TO: Bands, Choirs and Orchestras
IRELAND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Competitive)
Date: March (Call for dates)
(Festival & Parade options)
Cork/Kilkarney, Ireland
OPEN TO: Bands, Choirs and Orchestras
SOUSA MUSIC FESTIVAL (Competitive)
Date: April (Call for dates)
(Festival & Parade options)
Champaign/Chicago, IL
OPEN TO: Bands, Choirs and Orchestras
HAWAIIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Competitive)
Date: June (Call for dates)
Honolulu, Hawaii
OPEN TO: Bands and Choirs

 

Rated parades for Marching Bands wanting to take part in events that showcase the group and provide
a unique and educational experience for the organization.

The following are some of the approved and recommended parades for marching units.
Additional parades are currently under consideration.

The Nation’s Parade, New York, NY Annual Dollywood Parade*, Pigeon Forge, TN
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, NY Parade of Nations* Azalea Festival, Norfolk, VA
State Street Thanksgiving Parade, Chicago, IL Valley of Flowers Parade, Florissant, MO
Detroit Holiday Parade*, Detroit, MI Pegasus Parade Kentucky Derby Week, Louisville, KY
Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA Preakness Parade*, Baltimore, MD

* Competition Parades – rated high for group experience

Dublin, Ireland, New York City,
Chicago, Nashville & Denver
Disney Parades
California & Florida
Spirit of America,
Myrtle Beach, SC
Festival of Stars,
International Parade Nashville, TN
Heartland International Tattoo, Music and Dance Festival Parade
Hoffman Estates, IL
Swing Into Spring Parade,
Louisville, KY

FunME Events will assist your group with applications and all details necessary to have your group participate in any of the above parades. Complete packages are available.

Competition Music Festivals are available in many locations – Open to marching bands, concert bands and jazz bands.