Sarah Hayden, ’17

Woodlawn High School’s Marching Band participated in several Mardi Gras parades over the past few weekends, including the Krewe of Orion and Krewe of Mystique de la Capitale.

The marching band takes part in parades each year to raise money for new equipment, instruments, and new uniforms. Parades are also a great way to rehearse and perform outside of football season. Last year, the band was able to purchase a new trailer after the Mardi Gras season.

The parade organizers contact Woodlawn and request the band’s participation. The band members and leaders appreciate the opportunity to represent Woodlawn in such a public forum. The hardest challenge in doing these parades is for the band to find time to rehearse and review concepts such as marching, formation, and revisiting their music.

The band really enjoys doing these parades; it’s the highlight of their Mardi Gras season!