Americans Jet In for Parade Preparations


It may be midsummer summer – but preparations for one of Europe’s finest New Year celebrations are already well underway.

Band directors, choristers, and choreographers, from across the USA, have flown to the Eternal City to begin their preparations to perform at Rome New Year 2024.

The Rome Parade, and accompanying concert performances, which attract hundreds of thousands of people to the centre of the city, have become a hugely anticipated fixture in Italy’s calendar of leading events.

Thirteen groups participated in the week-long visit to the sites, which saw educators get a first-hand feel for all that their talented charges are about to experience from walking the route of the parade, visiting historic concert venues and choosing their programme of educational visits.

Rome New Year is now recognised across the World as a magnificent showcase for the city, the region and the country as a whole.

With its mesmeric mix of all American musicians, cheerleaders and the Roman and Italian cultural, contemporary and traditional performance groups, this unique event has made its mark.

For the past 17 years, with this major international event taking place during the New Year period in the Eternal City of Rome, we have entertained and thrilled huge numbers of Roman citizens.

The Parade on New Year’s Day follows one of the most iconic routes featuring as it does the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corsa, Via Condotti, and Piazza Spagna.  More than 200,000 Romans and tourists come out to watch the amazing day/night Parade.

Organisers of the much-loved turn-of-year tradition, Destination Events, have breathed new life into free family spectacular and will fill the streets of the Eternal City with music, culture, colour, and entertainment from across Italy and beyond.

And the news just gets better and better with the return of a full complement of orchestral and choral concerts in historic, iconic locations from some very talented students.

Director of Rome New Year, Lizzie Bone, said: “What a productive week we had. Our American visitors were most impressed with the city and the arrangements that had been put in place”.

“Who could fail to fall in love with Rome?”