Marching band will lead the way at Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights
The CSU Marching Band will once again lead the way Friday on opening night of the 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver. The band offers a free preview of their performance Thursday night at the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center.

What could be better than a parade? Easy! A parade that ushers in the holiday season, of course!

The CSU Marching Band will do just that – times two – for its annual Parade of Lights performance. In addition to leading off the Friday, Dec. 6, 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver, the Ram band will offer a sneak preview to local audiences Thursday, Dec. 5.

The Parade of Lights Preview begins and ends at the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center at Canvas Stadium. The band will march around campus as a warm-up for their performance in Denver.

Free preview Thursday night

The preview begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and includes hot chocolate and activities. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs to place on the sidewalk to view the band as it marches, starting at 6:10 p.m. Also, attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothing, coats, mittens, hats, scarves, boots and blankets to donate to local agencies. The events is free and open to the public, but you are asked to register in advance.

“Everyone loves a parade, and the students in the CSU Marching Band will be ready to light it up with some holiday cheer that evening,” said Rebecca Phillips, director of bands for CSU’s School of Music, Theater and Dance.

11th consecutive parade appearance

As for the actual parade, the CSU Marching Band will be making its 11th consecutive appearance as the only collegiate ensemble performing. The band will lead the entire parade as it winds its way through downtown Denver.

Ticket and parking information are available online.