BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The 265-member Morgantown High School Marching “Mohigan” Band will serve as this year’s In-State Honor Band for the 73rd West Virginia Strawberry Festival Grand Feature Parade
Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the parade moves along a 2.5 mile “Strawberry Lane” route through Buckhannon. The grand feature parade is sponsored by The Inter-Mountain and will be broadcast “Live” at 1 p.m. by WDTV on Channel 5.
Festival officials said the grand feature parade showcases marching bands, drill teams, colorful floats, novelty units, specialty units and more. Over the years, this parade has hosted bands and units from 42 U.S. States, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahama Islands and France. The 2014 edition will be taking on an international flair with bands from Mexico, Jamaica and Canada. Marching bands will be participating in the Grand Feature Parade competing for awards and $10,000 in prize monies.
Among the units are the Prime Time Brass Marching Band from Rochester, N.Y., the Marching Cobras from New York; the Angeles De Puebla Marching Band from Puebla, Mexico; Bonnie Brae Drum Corps from Liberty Corner, N.J.; the Marching Elites from Virginia; the United Drum and Bugle Corp from Onterio, Canada; Randolph-Macon Academy 91st Air Force Junior R.O.T.C. Band & Parade Unit from Front Royal, Va., West Virginia Highlanders and more. High school bands include: Buckhannon Upshur High School, Petersburg High school band include the Danville Marching Band from Ohio, Cabell Midland High School Band, Elkins High School Band, Lewis County High School Band, Valley High School Band, Musselman High School Band and Berkeley Springs High School Band.
For more information concerning the WVSF, call the festival office at 1-304-472-9036 or go to the website at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com