Smithfield HS takes top prize at Mardi Gras parade

Photo courtesy Facebook/Heath-Carol Jones

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WAVY) – Smithfield High School’s marching band traveled down to Louisiana to participate in several parades during Mardi Gras.

The Knights of Babylon invited the band to perform at Thursday’s parade, which is the first evening parade of the weekend. Uptown New Orleans parade coordinator Walter Serignet then invited the band to perform at two other parades, one Friday and one Saturday.

One of the parades was a competition between 24 other high school bands across the southeast U.S. Smithfield took home the 2014 Krewe of Tucks “Battle of the Bands” prize.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu handed over the trophy to SHS Director of Bands Aaron Hill and told him to send him a Smithfield ham. Additionally, Larry Jones, Krewe Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors gave the Knights of Babylon medallion to Hill.

“This medallion is of special significance because it is only worn by the Captain and certain officers of the Knights,” Jones said. “Very few men in the 75-year history of the Krewe have had the privilege of donning this medallion, and until [Thursday], no one who is not a Knight has ever been awarded one. The Krewe felt compelled to present this medallion to Mr. Aaron T. Hill Sr., given the tremendous manner in which the young men and women of the SHS band represented their school, town and community.”

“I will only accept it on behalf of the entire SHS Band family,” Hill responded.

To watch video of their performance, click here.

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