With Christmas around the corner, there’s so much to do to get into the holiday spirit. A common tradition for many holiday lovers includes attending the Naples Christmas Parade.

The downtown parade is packed with decorative floats, activities, and of course – the Naples High School Marching Band. With Christmas songs to learn, and thousands of residents to entertain, the marching band is busy at work with preparing their ensemble.

“It’s really cool that my school is apart of such a big event that so many people go to,” senior Annalise Eisold says.

When the marching band is performing in a parade or concert, they are given pieces that they must rehearse to prepare. Often times they are in a time crunch, especially since the band is so large.

However, many band students agree, preparing for the Naples Christmas Parade takes away from the stress and adds a fun touch getting them in the holiday spirit.

“I’m super pumped for the parade,” sophomore saxaphone player Jordyn Baker said. “Marching is hard, but we’ll be in a different environment that usual, and it’s Christmas so that’s going to make it even more fun.”

Another challenge the NHS Marching Band is presented with is the crowds. With the parade being so popular, residents come from all over Naples to enjoy the festivities.

“I’m in a big group because the band is so huge,” sophomore Chase Wild said. “I’m with all my friends so it’s mostly fun.”

The band performers aren’t the only ones getting excited for the parade. Tons of NHS students enjoy going too.

“I’m excited for the parade and my friends who are in band are too so I think it’ll be really fun,” sophomore Caroline Figueroa said.

If you’re looking for a great way to get in the holiday spirit, come support the Naples High Marching Band Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. along historic 5th Avenue South.