The Beat Goes On Marching Band
Portland Mardi Gras Parade
Tue Feb 21, 2023
Laissez les bons temps roulez!
The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus organizes a family-friendly
Portland Mardi Gras Parade
every year ("the last Mardi Gras Parade in America").
TBGO was part of this event for the first time in 2017 and returns to the scene of the crime for another year .
Parade steps off at 7 PM at Victoria Bar, 4835 N Albina Ave, and heads south on Albina and Mississippi Avenue
to Ecliptic Brewing at 825 N Cook.
French American International School
Mardi Gras Parade
Fri March 3, 2023
You know what'd be fun?
A Mardi Gras parade with a bunch of little kids and a slightly crazy marching band.
Well, guess what -- that's what's happening today at the
French American International School
At 9 AM, TBGO will step off and lead a procession from the flagpole at the front of the school
to the nearby firehouse on NW Johnson St and back to the flagpole.
Immediately afterward we head into the school gym to play some tunes.
Hey, for once we're expecting the audience to dance more than the band!
St Patrick's Day Parade
Sun March 12, 2023
Northeast Portland is throwing its 33rd Annual St Patrick's Day Parade
(read the story of this quirky event
We'll head west from Fernwood/Cleary School (NE 33rd & Hancock) at 1 PM. Huzzah for neighborhood parades!
Oregon Dental Association
Thu April 13, 2023
The Oregon Dental Association is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center to confer and otherwise hobnob with their fellow dental wizards.
We've been invited to add that special je ne sais quoi
(That's French for "What the heck was that?")
from 4 to 6 PM.
Sat Apr 22, 2023
Shhh ... it's a surprise.
Bring TBGO to the party and it'll be one he/she won't forget!!!
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
Sat Apr 29, 2023
The 82nd "Avenue of Roses" Parade kicks off the Portland Rose Festival parade season!
Parade steps off at 9:30 AM at Eastport Plaza (82nd Ave & Holgate) and wends its way north along 82nd Ave to
Portland Community College Southeast Center and thence to 78th Ave & Yamhill.
Shake the "winter sleep" off your bones and c'mon out to properly welcome the spring!
Honk PDX! Fundraiser
Sat May 6, 2023
Honk PDX! is coming up in July (see below).
We'll be at the Ethos Music Center (2 N Killingsworth St) on May 6 to help raise funds to make it happen.
Doors open at 6 PM, show starts at 7.
Click here for the show poster.
There's a bake sale too, so c'mon out.
Brassy music and baked goods, what's not to like???
Sat June 17, 2023
A Marysville tradition since 1932, the Festival serves up a carnival, Market in the Park, Car Show, Musical Entertainment,
and of course a Grand Parade.
The parade takes place on Saturday June 17, stepping off at a new time of 5 pm.
With a flotilla of more than 100 colorful floats, marching bands, bagpipers, drill teams, clowns, pirates and other entries,
there will be plenty of merrymaking revelry.
We hear there may be a few strawberries available too!
Make Music Salem
Wed June 21, 2023
Make Music Day Salem
is an outgrowth of the Fete de la Musique
, which originated in France in 1982
as an event for people who love music and the joyous sense of community that music can foster.
Salem's celebration is held annually on June 21, the date of the summer solstice, at numerous locations around the city.
TBGO's performance time and location still TBD; watch this space for updates.
Morningstar Senior Living
Mon July 3, 2023
Morningstar Senior Living is hosting a micro-parade (i.e., just TBGO) at its Beaverton location
to celebrate Independence Day.
We'll be there beginning at 1:30 pm for a little marching and a few mini-shows with fun tunes to liven up the holiday.
St. Paul Fourth of July
Tue July 4, 2023
It's Independence Day!
It's been a while since we visited St. Paul and we're looking forward to their July 4th celebration.
The "big dog" in the celebration is the St. Paul Rodeo
, now in its 87th year.
Cowboys and cowgirls compete for nearly $500,000 in prize money,
making St. Paul one of an elite group of rodeos attracting the top competitors in the world.
The parade is a fun and colorful community event with entries from all over the North Willamette Valley.
Parade steps off through downtown at 10 AM; join us and enjoy Americana at its best on this very special, patriotic holiday!
Sun July 9, 2023
Looking forward to joining a young man on his special day.
A little song, a little dance, and a memorable birthday!!!
Neighborhood Movie Night
Fri July 21, 2023
Come on out to Brentwood Park (7200 SE 62nd Ave) for a great summer evening.
TBGO is on tap for a pre-show concert at 7 PM, followed by the movie.
Don't forget your light saber -- we hear that a Star Wars flick is on the menu!
Sun July 23, 2023
Honk PDX! is a community music festival of brass bands, drumlines, and performers from across the Pacific Northwest.
Bands will perform in public spaces in the Buckman and Montavilla neighborhoods, creating a spectacle that echoes delight throughout the streets.
Honk! is a celebration of community, collaboration, and creative expression and is dedicated to creating a community of diversity and inclusion.
See the Honk PDX! website
for the full lineup of bands and events July 22-23.
TBGO appears at 2:30 pm on July 23 at Milwaukie Lumber, 8048 SE Stark St.
Newberg Old-Fashioned Festival
Sat July 29, 2023
Newberg throws a great party and a fun parade!
The Grand Parade steps off at 10 AM,
then stop by Memorial Park for our post-parade show (time TBD).
Let's have a little old-fashioned fun!
National Night Out
Tue Aug 1, 2023
The Bridlemile Neighborhood Association hosts a National Night Out celebration with a picnic in Hamilton Park beginning about 6:00 PM.
Since no one wants a quiet, pleasant picnic they've asked us to liven up the joint <grin!>.
Hope to see all you folks from the Raleigh Hills area at the park!
Gladstone Community Festival
Sat Aug 5, 2023
The Gladstone Community Festival
began as the Chautauqua Festival in 1894.
Now, more than 125 years later, this event continues to bring Gladstone together to celebrate summer with a wide array
of entertainment and events.
Parade steps off at 10 AM from Gladstone High School and heads down and around Portland Avenue,
ending at Max Patterson Park.
TBGO will also perform in Max Patterson Park immediately following the parade.
Astoria Grand Land Parade
Sat Aug 12, 2023
Astoria Regatta Days
is the oldest continuous festival west of the Rockies,
dating all the way back to 1894.
The crowd is always fabulous, the town's a fun place, and the salmon is tasty -- what's not to like?!
The Grand Land Parade steps off at Noon through downtown Astoria.
Sat Aug 19, 2023
Multnomah Days is back!
We love the folks in Multnomah Village, and they've been kind enough to return the favor over the years.
And this year the parade is back in business!
The fun starts at 10 am; we *think* we'll also be
near the Lucky Lab Pub for 30 minutes of TBGO tunes beginning right after the parade ends.
Wed Aug 23, 2023
The Oregon Association of Nurseries
hosts the largest green trade show in the west
each year in August at the Oregon Convention Center.
This year is their 50th Anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than with a marching band!
There will be over 300 exhibitors and over 4,000 attendees over the three day event.
Look for TBGO around 4:45 pm.
Oregon State Fair
Aug 25 thru Sept 4, 2023
The Oregon State Fair
is back in action this year
with the theme "Soak Up the Fun"
and we'll join them throughout the 2023 run of the Fair.
If you're walking along the promenade and hear something odd behind you -- take a look, it's probably us on parade!
Check out the livestock, ride some rides, eat stuff that's not good for you, and we'll see you in Salem.
Yakima Sunfair Parade
Sat Sep 23, 2023
Time for a day trip!
We're making our first visit to the Yakima Sunfair Parade
and looking forward to lunch at Miner's Burgers afterward.
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Sat Nov 4, 2023
The National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant
is the largest single-day parade in the southern hemisphere,
the second biggest in the world (behind the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City),
and the largest Christmas Parade in the world.
It is officially recognised as a "heritage icon" by the National Trust of Australia
and a "state institution" by the Government of South Australia.
From modest beginnings, the parade through the city center of Adelaide now thrills
over 325,000 excited parade-goers and a television audience with 1,700 volunteers,
including over 160 floats, 18 bands, 270 clowns and elves, 7 choirs, and 33 dance groups,
all culminating in the arrival of Father Christmas.
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Sun Nov 5, 2023
Rundle Mall is Adelaide's premier shopping area and it should be filled with happy shoppers
on the day after the Christmas Pageant.
Bet they're not expecting holiday tunes from a marching band!
Veterans Day Parade
Sat Nov 11, 2023
Join TBGO at the Portland Veterans Day Parade
we honor our veterans.
This is the parade's second year in its new location,
stepping off at 10:00 AM traveling north on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd from NE Beech St to NE Alberta St.
Dec 8, 2023
Shhhh ... it's a party!
TBGO will be there to add it's own je ne sais quoi (that's French for
"what the heck was that?") to the holiday festivities.
'Tis the season!
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Dec 17, 2023
We're looking forward to a visit to Portland's Living Room.
It's always a blast to play downtown and
bask in the glow of Portland's Christmas tree.
Let's hope the hot chestnut vendor will be there again this year!
We'll see you from 2 to 3 PM in Pioneer Courthouse Square for an hour of tunes
as you finish your last-minute shopping.
Stay tuned - new events get added to our calendar
throughout the year!