For 26 years, the best marching bands from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa have made the trip to Sioux Falls to see who is the best of them all.
The Festival of Bands is one of the biggest high school marching band competitions in the Midwest, featuring 41 bands in a field competition and a parade.
The parade of bands follows Main Street in downtown Sioux Falls and is a warm-up, literally, for the competition at Howard Wood Field.
The event usually takes place in less-than-ideal weather, and this year is no exception with the cooler temperatures.
This does not keep the crowd from having a good time.
"Actually, last year was quite a bit colder. So this seems to be normal for the Festival of Bands. I think it's a combination of the music and just the enjoyment of watching the kids perform," Bleau LaFave said.
The day full of music and performance is made possible by the work of band parents and directors at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, O'Gorman, Lincoln and Washington.