Thursday, February 23, 2012

KEY INGREDIENTS OF THE PARADE: Doug Green, Worldstrides Heritage Performance

One of the reasons that the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is able to recruit the top marching bands from around the nation is due to the help of its official tour operator, Worldstrides Heritage Performance. Doug Green from Worldstrides has been working with Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade for the past 24 years, bringing the best of the best to Chicago.

What are some of the other events that you have worked on? I coordinate the pagentry for the following events: Holiday Bowl in San Diego, CA, Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN, Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX, Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL, Orange Bowl in Miami, FL, Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, FL, Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA and the BCS Championship Game this coming year in Miami. Also, the Indy 500 Parade and Veterans Day Parade in NYC.

How did you get into the business?
I was a High School Band Director that took my band on several trips with this company.

What's unique about Chicago and the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade? How well the band are treated by the city and staff, the great atmosphere of Chicago during the Christmas season, and the great TV coverage.

If a band director is contemplating about traveling to our parade or staying home, what would you tell them?
Their program will grow if they come to the parade. Students will have an experience of a lifetime and other students coming in to their program will want to be a part of it. We see it happen every year where bands that participate in the parade each year go home and their program grows because of it.

For more information about Worldstrides Heritage Performance programs, please visit

Pictured above: Doug Green coordinating bands into the line of march at the Indy 500 Parade. (Go figure, we didn't have a picture of Doug at our parade in our archives.)

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