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Hampton University marching band performs in New Year’s Day parade in Rome

Posted at 10:45 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 22:46:58-05

ROME, Italy – The Marching Force is going abroad!

Photo: Hampton University Marching Force/Instagram

The Hampton University Marching Band, known as “The Marching Force,” performed in the 2020 Rome New Year’s Day Parade Wednesday morning in Rome, Italy, the university announced.

The band announced in January 2019 they would participate in the parade. They became the first HBCU band in history to do so.

The parade began at 11 a.m. Rome time, which is 5 a.m. in Virginia.

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Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate and receive the Pope’s New Year’s Day blessing.

The Marching Force will also be there to enjoy the festivities. While in Italy, the band will also get the opportunity to visit and perform in other local communities.

The Rome New Year’s Parade celebrates life, cultural diversity and international goodwill. It takes place in conjunction with the World Day of Peace, where the parade proceeds along the Grand Via Delta Conciliazone and culminates in St. Peter’s Square.

The Marching Force’s performance will be livestreamed online, which you can view here.