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Waikiki Holiday Parade

Friday, November 29, 2019 -- 7:00 pm

The Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans in memory of the attacks from December 7, 1941. Local Hawaiian bands, marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials and dignitaries march down torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach. It is held annually the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and hosts thousands of spectators, residents and visitors alike.


Since 1998, the Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor Survivors and the anniversary of the attacks. The mission of the event is to educate students on this important piece of U.S. history and preserving Polynesian culture. It also ushers in the holiday season for locals. The week of events and performances on the island, as well as months of preparations leading up to the trip, give students a unique learning experience that they will not soon forget. Thousands of spectators, residents and visitors gather on the Friday after Thanksgiving to watch this non-competitive parade, which hosts local bands, marching bands from the mainland, Pearl Harbor Survivors, service bands, military units, local officials, dignitaries and entertainers.

In addition to performing in the parade, groups also take part in a wreath laying ceremonies at the USS Arizona Memorial and commemorative performances in Pearl Harbor at the USS Missouri Battleship.

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Parade Route

The parade begins with warm-up and step-off from Fort DeRussy Park and ends at Queen Kapiolani Park. The torch-lit parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles along Waikiki's main thoroughfare, Kalakaua Avenue, with festive scenery of Waikiki Beach as your backdrop. On your left, tall, twinkling hotels and restaurants are teeming with flowers, torches and spectators; to your right grand palms & white sand beach unfold to the open ocean. You won't find a warmer welcome in any other destination!

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Learn more. Visit Waikiki Holiday website.

The 2019 participating marching bands from the mainland include:

    • Slinger High School
      Slinger, WI
    • Carl Sandburg High School
      Orland Park, IL
    • Fayette County High School
      Fayetteville, GA
  • The 2018 participating marching bands from the mainland include:
    • Farragut High School
      Knoxville, TN
    • Evans High School
      Evans, GA
  • The 2017 participating marching bands from the mainland include:
    • Oak Park High School
      Kansas City, MO
    • Gilbert High School
      Gilbert, AZ
  • The following mainland bands marched in the 2016 parade, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
    • Altus High School
      Altus, OK
    • Ambridge High School
      Ambridge, PA
    • Asheville High School
      Asheville, NC
    • Batavia High School
      Batavia, IL
    • Blue Springs High School
      Blue Springs, MO
    • Brentwood High School
      Brentwood, TN
    • Burlington Teen Tour Band
      Ontario, Canada
    • Central High School
      Little Rock, AR
    • Danvers High School
      Danvers, MA
    • Dover High School
      Dover, PA
    • East Coweta High School
      Sharpsburg, GA
    • Hamilton High School
      Hamilton, OH
    • Jefferson High School
      Bloomington, MN
    • Lakeside High School
      Atlanta, GA
    • Liberty High School
      Bethlehem, PA
    • Morgan County High School
      Madison, GA
    • Mountain Ridge High School
      Glendale, AZ
    • North Penn High School
      Lansdale, PA
    • Northern State University
      Aberdeen, SD
    • Oregon City High School
      Oregon City, OR
    • Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County
      Hillsdale, NJ
    • Pope High School
      Marietta, GA
    • Powell High School
      Powell, TN
    • Schurr High School
      Montebello, CA
    • Slinger High School
      Slinger, WI
    • South Washington County
      Washington County, MN
    • Stewarts Creek High School
      Smyrna, TN
    • Virgil Grissom High School
      Huntsville, AL
    • Walnut High School
      Walnut, CA

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