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 Riverside All-Stars are made up of friends and alumni of the Marching Tigers, as well as students from high schools in and around the City of Riverside. The Riverside All-Stars have traveled as part of the Marching Tigers throughout the world, including England, Spain, France, and Scotland. In 2006, the Riverside All-Stars were a part of the Marching Tigers when they marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. In the winter of 2007-2008, the Riverside "All Stars" toured Italy, including Florence, Rome and Frescati, and a thrilling standstill performance at the historic Coliseum.