Carson High marching band invited to San Francisco parade |

Carson High marching band invited to San Francisco parade

Nevada Appeal staff report
The Carson High Blue Thunder Band will again participate in the San Francisco Chinese New Year's Parade.
Charles Whisnand/Nevada Appeal

For the second time, the Carson High School Blue Thunder Marching Band was selected to represent Nevada to march in the 2019 Year of the Pig Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Named one of the top 10 parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia.

More than 100 entries will participate in the televised event which features floats, elaborate costumes, fireworks, and a 268’ Golden Dragon. Last year was the Blue Thunder Marching Band’s first time selected to march in the parade and it won second place in its division.

In order for the band to be able to participate in this prestigious event, it will need to raise approximately $18,000, mostly for bus transportation. Residents and the community again can help by participating in the “Adopt-a-Band-Member” program. Each band member is required to get a minimum of three adoptions.

The cost to adopt is $25 per member or $100 for a section. Those who adopt will receive a certificate, picture and letter of thanks. To adopt a member of the band, contact any band member or W.J. Zabelsky, Carson High School director of bands, 775-283-1779,, or mail to Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman St., Carson City 89701 – Attention: Mr. Zabelsky.

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