NEW ORLEANS - The busiest high school marching band during Mardi Gras will now showcase its talents in one of the premier national parades in the country.
The St. Aug 'Marching 100' has been selected as one of 18 bands from across the country to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
St. Aug's band headlines many New Orleans-area parades during Carnival, including at least one instance where they march in two parades in the same day on the busy Carnival weekend.
The Tournament of Roses Parade sent out a news release stating that it selects its bands based on:
"A variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. In order to be considered, band representatives submitted detailed applications, which included photos, video footage and letters of recommendation. Bands are required to raise all necessary funds for travel and accommodations. In addition to marching in the 5 1/2 mile long Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, bands also perform in one of three Bandfest events scheduled for Dec. 29 and 30, 2013, at Pasadena City College."