March of the crimson pride band at the Washington parade

March of the crimson pride band at the Washington parade

The Crimson Pride Band of Terrebonne High School is making its final preparations for the annual July Fourth Parade in Washington on Thursday.

The 180-member band was nominated to represent Louisiana in the parade by United States Representative Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, last year. It is the only Louisiana band in this year's parade.

Scalise visited the school in March to wish the students good luck.

"It's a big problem to be selected to participate in the July 4th parade." It's a great honor, but it says a lot about how Terrebonne has served as a school and as a band, "Scalise said during his visit.

The band was sent to the capital Monday night with a farewell from the president of the parish, Gordy Dove.

"This is something they will never forget," said Dove. "I want to congratulate you and your parish for raising the money you raised."

Dove, a 1975 graduate of Terrebonne High School, said it is a great honor for the band to represent the Tigers of Terrebonne in the nation's capital.

For many of the students, this is their first trip to Washington. Since their arrival, they visited the memorials of Iwo Jima, the Air Force and the Pentagon 9/11 and visited the Capitol building.

Those who are at home can watch the live pageant on Facebook at The parade begins at 10:45 a.m. local time. The full video will also be online after 4 p.m. on

"We will be watching them all," said Dove.