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Get free Parade of Lights preview Dec. 5

November 25, 2013

CSU's acclaimed marching band will once again lead the way at the 39th annual 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver.

CSU's marching band members, adorned in twinkling lights and playing decoarated drums, will lead the way at the annual 9News Parade of Lights.This year’s Parade of Lights is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The two-mile parade begins at the Denver Civic Center and, after winding through downtown, concludes at the corner of 14th Street and Glenarm Place.

The parade includes floats, balloons and dozens of holiday characters – but only one marching band. CSU’s army of 200-plus musicians not only leads off the parade, it is the only collegiate marching band in the parade.

Special performance for fans

The band will stop in front of the CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St., to perform the fight song for alumni and other Rams fans. A reception and bleacher seating at the CSU Denver Center is sold out, but parade viewers can still purchase bleacher tickets in other areas along the route.

Here’s the really good news: If you can’t make it to Denver to see the parade, the marching band will provide a free sneak preview beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. The band, adorned in twinkling holiday lights, will march once around the University Center for the Arts. The public is invited to this free event, and to enjoy beverages and dessert in the UCA following the preview. After the reception, the CSU Wind Ensemble performs their final concert of the semester, with special guest conductor Steven Davis. Tickets are available online.

About the CSU marching band

CSU’s marching band includes 240 members and has students from every college on campus. More than 80 percent of the members major in a subject other than music.

The band is considered one of the finest in the country, and earlier this year was invited to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.