Harvest of Harmony returns for its 80th year

Local4 News at 6 Saturday
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 8:22 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Harvest of Harmony Parade returned for its 80th year with communities coming together, lining up along the parade route to celebrate the occasion. Most participating groups were high school band from all across Nebraska, along with University of Nebraska-Omaha and University of Nebraska-Kearney bands.

“For the community of Grand Island just to listen to the bands is exciting; and it just brings people together,” said Mary Jo McGuire, parade attendant. “We need to be together at this time of our lives and it’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s a happy occasion.”

McGuire has attended the parade the last five years; mainly in support of her granddaughter who is the band director at Osmond High School. While attending she has noticed that the parade continues to grow.

“Band Directors from different towns and cities are interested in coming, they see the support of Grand Island,” McGuire said. “This is a big thing for Grand Island to have every year. It’s publicized, we know about it, and people who, that don’t even have kids in the band come out to cheer them on.”

This year over 200 participants marched in this years’ parade and future residents of Grand Island expressed how they would like see more music options in upcoming Harvest of Harmony parades.

“I’d like to see like, different bands,” said Brooklyn Eilers, parade attendant. “Like, not like these kinds of bands, but like bands, choirs and orchestras all together.”

This year is 12-year-old Brooklyn’s first HOH parade and she thinks the parade is a great opportunity to help support the community and celebrate music.