The Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band has been invited to participate for the sixth time in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 8, in San Francisco.
The parade began in the 1860s as a means for Chinese community in San Francisco to educate and share their culture with the greater community. The parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The parade was named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association.
The Mustang Marching Band’s more than 220 members perform for nearly 50 occasions on campus each year, including athletic events and university functions. The band performed for the Chinese New Year Parade for the first time in 2014 and was among 15 marching bands that participated. It has been awarded first place in the adult marching bands category at each appearance.
The parade will celebrate the “Year of the Rat” with floats, dragon dancers and other festive entries. Over 1 million attendees are expected to line the parade route, and the event will be broadcast live on local television stations KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8.