The Carroll Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 62nd annual Carroll Band Day Parade Saturday.
This year’s entries include 13 bands and more than 50 local businesses and organizations participating. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and start on the corner of Ninth and Adams streets, proceed south to Seventh Street, and east through Graham Park where the judging will take place. The parade will end at the Carroll Athletic Field.
This year, bands are competing in Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A at both the high school and middle school levels. Trophies will be awarded in each class for first through third places, and bands are judged on showmanship, marching precision and music presentation. One band, selected by the judges to be outstanding among its peers, will receive the overall Best Band trophy.
Following the parade, bands have an opportunity to demonstrate a field presentation at the stadium. Carroll High School and Kuemper Catholic High School, along with Boone High School, will perform their halftime shows. The Adair-Casey/Guthrie-Center drum line also will present on the field. Once the presentations are completed, awards will be presented.
This year’s parade marshal is Ed Smith, president and CEO at St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home. Smith, who was named Carroll’s 2019 Citizen of the Year, is an avid supporter of both school systems and the community’s youth. He is a long-standing member of the Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Area Development Corporation, having served on both boards. He also served three terms as Carroll mayor, from 2000 to 2006.
Smith said he is honored and humbled to serve as the parade’s marshal this year.
“I’ve been primarily an observer of this event, and I’ve always been impressed with how well organized it is with the Chamber and both Kuemper and Carroll schools,” Smith said. “The participants put on quite a show, both bands and floats, and I’ve just always really enjoyed it.”
Smith said for the Carroll Band Day parade to be held for more than 60 years is remarkable.
“It’s a fantastic event for the community, and quite frankly, for the region,” Smith said. “It really showcases our community.”
Band Day is made possible and supported this year by Chamber sponsors Star Destinations and Windstar Express.
The Carroll Chamber of Commerce also coordinates the event by partnering with the Carroll Community School District and Kuemper Catholic School System. The public is encouraged to attend.
“It’s a great event,” Chamber Program Director Ashley Schable said of the Band Day Parade. “People look forward to it every year. It’s great to see the businesses and community support the bands and music. It’s a fun event for everyone.”