They weren't competing, per se, but the 180 members of the Golden Valley High School Cardinal Regime band certainly had a large audience when they marched in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Michael Vasquez, director, said the Nov. 25 parade in Hollywood is the West Coast version of the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Along with a crowd estimated in past years at a million people, the Sunday evening parade also will be featured on several television broadcasts.
"The students were amazing," Vasquez said. "Their performance was fantastic."
Students and parent chaperones went to Southern California a day ahead, visited Knott's Berry Farm and rehearsed at the Los Angeles Angels' baseball stadium. They returned home early on Monday morning.
Chris Martin, a member of the Golden Valley Band Boosters board of directors, said the students were happy to be there and did a fantastic job.
Their march along 3½ miles took about two hours.
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