The University of Northern Iowa’s Panther Marching Band was one of only a few university marching bands in the London New Year’s Day Parade, known as the LNYDP on that side of the pond.
The difference between the LNYDP and the classic American New Year’s Day parade, the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, was startling. In the LNYDP, the many boroughs of London competed to provide street entertainment, with much of that being troupes of young dancers or musicians. The excesses of the Tournament of Roses, with 75-foot long floats adorned by millions of flower petals and bearing a dozen animated parts, all competing for trophies, was absent.
As this is posted as Good News, the PMB is not yet back in Iowa. For those who missed the PMB’s appearance during the barely daylight hours of New Year’s Day, here’s a link to their performance, as posted by wcrg of Cedar Rapids: PMB at LNYDP