Area high school marching bands will be among the 35 participating in the 44th annual Washington Marching Band Festival this Saturday.
Sponsored by Washington High School, the event will again feature a parade and field competition.
The parade will wind through Downtown Washington beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The parade order and classes are as follows:
Junior High Class — St. Francis Borgia Regional Elementary Band, Bayless Middle School and Linn Junior High.
Class D — Fordland, Louisiana, Maries R-1 and New Haven high schools.
Class C — Clever, Bismark/Caledonia, Cabool, Steelville, Linn and Elsberry high schools.
Class B — Bourbon, Hermann, Cuba, Herculaneum and Fatima high schools.
Class A — Sullivan, Bayless, St. Francis Borgion Regional high schools.
The WHS Marching Blue Jays will be last in the parade and as host will not be part of the judging.
The parade will begin at Main and Cedar streets and proceed east on Main to Jefferson Street, then turns south on Jefferson to Eighth Street, and terminates on Eighth at Sunnyside.
The judging locations will be at the intersection of Main and Oak streets, the second at Jefferson and Third streets, and on Eighth Street in front of the First Assembly of God Church.
The bands will require the full width of the street, so parking restrictions will apply along the route from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. or the end of the parade.
The field competition will be held at Rauch Field on the WHS campus beginning at noon.
The field order and classes are as follows:
Class C (noon to 1:15 p.m.) — Bayless, Sparta, Hermann, Orchard Farm, Herculaneum and Owensville high schools.
The parade awards will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
Class B (1:45 to 3:15 p.m.) — Union, Sullivan, St. Francis Borgia Regional, Warrenton and Waterloo high schools.
The field Class C awards will be announced at 3 p.m. followed by a judges’ break at 3:15 p.m.
Class A (3:30 to 5 p.m.) — Parkway North, Parkway West, Republic, Rolla, Troy Buchanan, Cape Central and Mehlville high schools.
The field Class B awards will be announced at 5:15 p.m. followed by a exhibition performace by the Marching Blue Jays.
The field Class A awards will be announced about 5:45 p.m.
There will be an admission charge for the field competition and award ceremonies. Admission will be $5 for ages 6 and older. Seniors 65 and up, as well as children under 6 will be admitted free of charge.
Spectators to this year’s festival are reminded that no parking will be allowed along the shoulders of Highway 47. People can park along 14th Street or use the parking available at the shuttle parking lot.
Shuttles will be used to transfer spectators from parking at the Mercy Medical Building Parking Garage. These shuttles will take passengers to and from the Washington High School campus only. The shuttles will not provide transportation to or from the parade route.
The shuttles will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Blue Jay Drive and both the high school and middle school campuses will be closed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. or the end of the festival.