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San Francisco Renegades prepare for Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco

The San Francisco Renegades’ 2014 season explodes onto the scene February 15 as they take to the streets of San Francisco in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade.

Celebrating their 13th year participating in this historic cultural event, the Renegades once again extend an invitation to drum corps members worldwide to join in the festivities — become a Renegade for a day and march the parade with the “ones in black.”

Signing up could not be easier. Visit the Web registration site at www.renegades.org/chinesenewyear/ for sheet music, parade sign-up, hotel information and post-parade party flyers. After the parade, all parade participants and audience members are invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Renegades at Chevy’s, where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization for each check that has a Renegades flyer attached.

This year the Renegades will usher in the “Year of the Horse” with The Horse by Cliff Nobles & Co. Performers will join from many other drum corps across the United States, including the Kingsmen Alumni Corps from Anaheim, CA; Bridgemen from Bayonne, NJ; Dream from Southern California; Concord Blue Devils; and the Santa Clara Vanguard.

Named one of the world’s top 10 parades, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is the largest event of its kind outside of Asia. A San Francisco tradition since just after the 1849 Gold Rush, it continues to delight and entertain many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or on the live television broadcast — KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26 (Chinese broadcast.)

For more information on the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade or performance updates for the Renegades’ season, visit www.renegades.org.

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