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Pride participates in the Rose Parade

Kent Jones

Kent Jones

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Over winter break, the Pride of Broken Arrow marched and played in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The parade was five and a half miles long and was broadcasted all across the nation.

The trip was a reward for all of the Pride’s hard work in their journey to becoming Grand National Champions in 2015.

“The trip to Cali was amazing for me,” sophomore colorguard member Carissa McGuire said. “I felt really privileged to be able to do everything we did and I was so happy to do it with my second family.”

In addition to participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Pride marched in the Disneyland parade, performed their 2016 competitive field show titled “Age of Discovery” at a community performance, and also performed their show at Bandfest.

Bandfest is a noncompetitive event where all the bands participating in the Rose Parade would go and perform their show, and a small segment of their music or performance for the Parade.

The band also went on some adventures, such as visiting the Santa Monica Pier, going to Disneyland and Universal Studios, and having a party after the Parade in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

“Going to Universal Studios for the first time was the best part for me,” junior colorguard member Cara Vargas said. “I got to walk around with my friends and ride amazing rides for the first time.”

For the seniors, the trip to California was their last overnight trip with the Pride.

“As a senior, I couldn’t have asked for a better trip to end my career on,” percussionist Elijah Boado said. “We did so much, and got to be with our best friends while doing it.”

Although this was the last trip the Pride will go on for this season, there is still more to come from “The Grandest Band in all the Land.”

The band will perform in the Rooster Day Parade and will begin their 2017 season in May. For more information visit www.brokenarrowpride.com

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