The CSU Marching Band once again will lead the way when the 41st annual 9News Parade of Lights winds its way through downtown Denver.
The two-night celebration is set for Dec. 4-5, with the Ram marching band, color guard and Golden Poms leading the parade at 8 p.m. Friday. (Saturday’s parade begins at 6 p.m.) The two-mile parade begins at the Denver Civic Center and concludes at the corner of 14th Street and Glenarm Place.
Once again, CSU is the only collegiate marching band participating in the parade, which includes floats, balloons and dozens of holiday characters. CSU’s trombone section will perform its signature “No. 5” during the parade. Grandstand tickets are available at DenverParadeofLights.com.
“One of the goals of the CSU Marching Band is to entertain our audiences, wherever they are. The Parade of Lights is a great chance for us to connect with a huge crowd that we might not otherwise see, and to be part of a wonderful holiday tradition in Denver,” said Richard Frey, the band’s director. “Simply put, it’s a fun way to kick off the holiday season and bring a little musical joy to people from all over Denver and throughout Colorado.”
9News will broadcast the parade from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
Free parade preview Thursday in Fort Collins
If you can’t make it to Denver but still want to see the band in person, a parade preview is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. The band – adorned in holiday lights – will march around the University Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public, and is followed by a reception featuring hot drinks and cookies in the UCA lobby.
Make a night of it and stay for the annual Holiday Spectacular Concert supporting music scholarships. Tickets for the Spectacular can be purchased at CSUArtsTickets.com.