It was a rough start, but a quick turnaround for the Litchfield High School marching band.

The Marching Dragons, emerging from three-day band camp, struggled in their season-opening parade Saturday in the Rum River Festival at Princeton where they finished second in their class. Milaca captured Class A honors with 69.4 points while Litchfield finished second with 67.4. A bright spot Saturday, however, was the color guard, which earned best overall color guard in the parade.

Less than 24 hours later, the Marching Dragons were back on the street, competing in the Friendly City Days parade at Albertville.

And they rebounded quite well.

The 125-member Litchfield band took second place in the open class competition with 82 points, finishing only behind Waconia’s 195-member band, which garnered 83.2 points. Other bands in the parade were Benson, Maple Grove, Maple Lake and St. Francis.

Litchfield faces a busy week, with five parades in four days, beginning Thursday evening in Paynesville. The Marching Dragons travel to Benson for the Flag Day Parade Friday, then perform a double-header Saturday, with parades at Owatonna in the morning and Waconia in the evening. The week ends with the Water Carnival parade Sunday in Hutchinson.

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