The Altus High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mary Runyan, has accepted an invitation to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and represent Oklahoma in the Waikiki Holiday Parade.
Each year the Waikiki Holiday Parade is held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Honolulu, Hawaii, honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors and American military. To date, hundreds of mainland and Hawaiian bands have marched the parade since its inaugural year in 1998. Thousands of spectators, residents and visitors gather to watch this parade which hosts marching bands, Pearl Harbor Survivors, service bands, military units, local officials, dignitaries and entertainers. The parade begins at 7:00pm at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park. The scenic parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles through Waikiki along the oceanfront of beautiful, torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue. Bands who participate in the parade also provide a wreath laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial and a commemorative performance at the USS Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor.
Though the band’s itinerary is not yet finalized, groups typically tour the island of Oahu includes visiting the Dole Pineapple Plantation and Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore and hiking Diamond Head crater. Many bands host educational seminars, veteran speakers and history lessons in preparation for the trip.
“We are thrilled to be working with Mary Runyan and the Altus High School band on their trip,” said Parade President Jake Peppers. The student’s experiences at Pearl Harbor and meeting survivors will be something they will remember for a lifetime. We are honored to help create this memory.”
About the Waikiki Holiday Parade
The mission of the event is to educate visiting students on this important piece of U.S. history as well as introducing them to Polynesian culture. Because of the timing, the parade also helps kick-off the holiday season. To date, the parade has donated over $20,000 to the USS Arizona Memorial.
For more information on the parade, visit www.waikikiholidayparade.com
Conductor’s Circle ($1,000 - $5,000)
Performer’s Circle ($500 - $999)
Director’s Circle ($250 - $499)
Section Leader ($100 - $249)
Ensemble Circle ($50 - $99)
Send Donations to “Altus High School Band Hawaii Parade,” 400 North Park Lane, Altus, OK 73521