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Pride of DeSoto Band March in St. Patrick's Day Parade
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pride of DeSoto March in St. Patrick's Day Parade


      DeSoto Central High’s Band headed to New York during Spring Break to march in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

      “We were the first band from Mississippi to march in the oldest parade in our nation. This parade started in 1762 and was attended by 2.5 million people in 2016,” said Dennis Cox, DCHS band director.

     The parade was aired live on on March 17th.     


     The St. Patrick’s Day Parade reveals an Irish love of music.  More than 300 groups, including 150 marching bands and pipers from Ireland and Spain, participated in the festivities this year. Traditionalists enjoyed seeing the New York Police and Fire Departments’ Emerald Society Pipes & Drums have their usual pride of place in the parade.

     The parade stepped off at 11 a.m. from 44th Street and proceeded up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street in Manhattan.

     “I was excited to experience new things with my band family,” said Senior Drum Major Morgan Woodard.

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     DeSoto Central High School’s Band was contacted by the New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee about the parade.  The band completed an application process and was accepted, according to Cox.

     There were 132 band students plus parents and staff attending.

      “It was an awesome experience for the band students of DeSoto Central.  We also saw the 911 Memorial and Museum, China Town, Little Italy, Central Park, The Rockefeller Center, Times Square and two Broadway shows,” said Cox.  “Students were thrilled about a seeing the Statue of Liberty and being a part of the parade.”

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