Thousands turn out for “La Grande Parade de Paris,” led by RCC!
What a sight! Nearly 1 million Parisians and other European and USA tourists turned up on the Champs~Elysees, to bring in the new year, and leading the parade was the Riverside City College “All Star” Band! The 1.5 parade route, from the Place de Concord to the Arc di Triomphe, held on the most famous boulevard in the world, was overrun with revelers and well-wishers, many who shouted “thank you for being here” and “God Bless America” as the 225-member “Marching Tigers” made their way up – and then back. (that was also a first!)
The “All Star” Band was made up of performers from the RCC Band and RCC Band Alumni, as well as musicians and flags from Riv King, Riv Poly, John North, Ramona and Redlands High School. One of the highlights was performing at the Eiffel Tower, alongside Thousand Oaks HS and Great Oak HS, creating a ‘massed band grand finale’ of over 450 performers – all from Southern California!
As you probably saw in the Jan 2 edition of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, a grand time was had by all! Having students who live near San Bernardino and in Redlands, presenting a gift of USA pageantry to a city that was recently shattered – it was truly historic and very emotional for the 360 travelers from the Inland Empire! Thanks to all who shared in our success!