NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Parents and supporters lined Mid-Cities Boulevard this afternoon to cheer and take snapshots of the All-Birdville Marching Band in a preview of its upcoming Rose Parade performance.
The eastbound lanes of Mid-Cities Boulevard between Davis Boulevard and Precinct Line Road and part of Amundson Road between Main Street and Mid-Cities were closed. The parade began at 1:30 and is expected to last about an hour.
The 540-member ensemble, which includes students from Birdville, Haltom and Richland high schools, showed off new uniform jackets with a gold stylized "B" on the front and on their hats.
Mid-Cities Boulevard was expected to be shut down from about 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. while the band marched from the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex to Smithfield Middle School and back.
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After the march, the band will entertain the crowd with a 10-minute field show at the complex featuring patriotic music.
The parade preview was the first chance for spectators to get a look at the band's new custom uniform jackets, which cost the school district $92,000. It's the band's only public performance before the students leave on several flights Monday for California.
One of 22 bands performing in the New Year's Day parade, the All-Birdville Marching Band is the only high school ensemble from Texas invited to take part this year.
TCU's Horned Frog Marching Band will also march in the Rose Parade and at halftime at the Rose Bowl.
Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326
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