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Saturday, Sept 26 is the Harvest Festival Parade. This is a required performance and counts as a test. I must have written permission from your parents if you are absent.


Uniforms and Instruments

Full Uniform Dress; Marching Jacket, Marching Pants, Hat, Black Socks and Marching Shoes


Color Guard: Gold Sequin Shirt, Black Stretch Pants, Black Socks and Black Tennis shoes.

PLEASE wear your band and colorguard uniforms to the assembly area. There is no place to change.  



Assembly Place

Meet in the Bank of America Parking Lot at the backside of the bank where the driveway opens to W. Branch.  I expect for it to be the same but it IS ALWAYS subject to CHANGE.  PLEASE STAY INFORMED by checking the website at for updates


Check in for band students is 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Uniform check is at 9:10 a.m

Entry lineup is 9:30 a.m.  The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

We should done approximately 10:30 but NO guarantees!

We are usually early so our step off time is approximately 10:10 – 10:16 , most likely earlier.



At the intersection of Mason and Nelson.

All students MUST be picked up by parents at the disbanding area. If you are working a booth, or the parade for another organization PLEASE make arrangements for someone to come pick up your child within 30 min. of the band leaving the parade route.


PICKUP: You will MUST provide me with a written note to me prior to the parade regarding alternative pickups, such as meeting in another designated area or someone picking your child up other than a parent or guardian. No student will be released without a parent or an adult parent designee present.  Students will not be released to minor siblings without prior permission.  


I am trying a new system for checkout this year to speed up the process.  When CHECKING IN, please grab your child’s name TAG, then sign it when picking them up, and you will only need to turn in the signed TAG.




Contact Mr. Kirby – email:, cell: (619) 847 - 1592

Harvest Festival Parade IS Saturday Sept. 23

Permission Slip and Info Download

Permission Slip and Event detail info

will be available approximately

1 week before the event.

 Harvest Festival Parade Staging




































Registration starts at: 8:00 am. 

Entrants should be staged by: 9:00 am. 

Parade starts at: 10:00 am. 

The staging for the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival Parade will be mostly along W. Branch road and the lower portion of Old Ranch Road, alongside the 101 freeway. It will also include the Women’s Center parking lot for Marching Bands and some pedestrian entries, and the Bank of America Parking lot for Veterans Groups and Banner Carriers. 

Parade Participants MUST enter the staging area from the Brisco Street exit off of Hwy 101. The entrance to W. Branch at the Bank of America will be closed at 8 am. 

W. Branch, next to the freeway, will be 1 way, and 1 way only! 



BofA = Bank of America Parking lot. All veterans groups and banner carriers will be staged there. 

* Note: Veterans…. All veterans are staged at the Bank of America Parking lot. The police may let you into the parking lot from the main at the signal at Bank of America and the main street, however you are strongly requested to get off at Brisco, like everyone else, and drive up W. Branch street through the staging area. 

R = Registration. In dirt parking lot at corner of W. Branch and Old Ranch. 

* Note: Veterans do NOT register. Just proceed to Bank of America. 

P = Parking. Much of dirt lot can be used for parking. 

* Note: 30 parking spaces can be used in upper Women’s Center parking lot. 

* Note: Limited parking at the Library, if needed. 

H = Horses. Equine staging is at east end of dirt parking lot, next to trees. 

* Note: There should be plenty of room for trailer parking and horse assembly at that end of the lot. 

W = Women’s Center. 

B = Bands. Marching Band staging is in the Women’s Center parking lot. 

*Note: This is different from previous years. 

= Main vehicle and Participant Staging. 

L = Library. 

S = Start of Parade. 

More info: Glen Herman: (805) 710-7836. 



Staging at the Women’s Center 

211 Vernon Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93421


































There may be as many as 300 band members and pedestrians staging at the Women’s Center. 

Please keep this in mind! 

For those who are staging at the Women’s Center, please park or unload in the dirt lot. If dropping off equipment or large instruments there is an easy way to do so. See instructions below. Keep in mind that there are 30 parking spaces at the top parking lot that can be used, however they may fill up quickly. The marching bands and some pedestrian groups will be staged here. This is makes it easier to drop off heavy instruments and speaker systems. 

To drop off equipment or heavy instruments at the Women’s Center: 

1. You may enter on the dirt road on Old Ranch Road. 

2. Unload in the open area at the top of the hill. 

3. Turn right. 

4. Drive down to the dirt lot. 

5. Turn right. 

6. Park somewhere in the dirt lot, away from the horses. 


The Parade Route

































The parade will start at the Bank of America corner of West Branch Street and East Grand Avenue. It will proceed up Branch Street through the village, turning right on Mason. There should be plenty of police and staging personnel to answer questions and help you. 


BofA = Bank of America Parking lot. 

S = Direction of most of the staging area. 

Start = Start of parade. 

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