Litchfield almost doubled its population on Tuesday when the city hosted its inaugural Parade of Bands. It is estimated 4,000-plus people lined the streets to watch 11 bands strut their stuff.

"We felt it was a great success and look forward to next year's event," said Judy Hulterstrum, chair of the event. "It was very fun to see the whole process as we now begin the evaluation and take ideas shared with us and improve for next year. Its great success was due to the wonderful audience and community support."

Social media comments agreed with posters raving about the first-time event with comments such as "It was an amazing night. Great job," "It was fantastic," "Great time. I look forward to the second annual" and "Great night, wonderful marching bands, so much talent and dedication. Hope to see it next year."

Performing three times in a three-block area were:

  • Host Litchfield Marching Dragons with their program "Chicago 1930"
  • Milaca High School Marching Wolves performed their program titled "Nevermore"
  • Benson High School Marching Band marched to the music "Black & White"
  • KMS Marching Saints' show was titled "Rhapsody" 
  • Hutchinson Marching Tigers' repertoire featured "Dante's Prologue and Inferno"
  • Mankato 77 Lancers treated the audience to "The Race," featuring excerpts from "Life is a Highway" and "Joyride"
  • Lake City Tiger Band's program was titled "Carry On" 
  • Fergus Falls High School Marching Band built its show program around famous marches
  • Henry Sibley Marching Band's show was titled "Happy Camper," with music from "The Factory"
  • Sartell Marching Sabres' repertoire was "Apollo 11: Mission to the Moon"
  • Waconia High School Marching Band presented "A New Day"