Let’s Have a Parade!

Do you ever have parades in your classes? I love to do them to teach marching and chasse.  They are great ways of making following directions fun while working on locomotor skills. Here’s just one of the parades I do with my students:

I have wrist ribbons. (pictured above) I give each student a ribbon and we pretend they are flags. I like to use the song, Colors On Parade by Hap Palmar. Do you know it? We march around the room while the challenge for them is that they have to follow the person in front of them. When the music changes we freeze and wave our ribbons, then we follow the directions in the song. Balance on one foot, blink our eyes,  jump in a circle. I adapt some of it to make more sense. I use this song for 2’s and 3’s and they love it.

I also do parades in ballet. The chasse parade is a big hit. We start marching in a circle and then we begin to chasse in a circle. We like to do bears too! I always ask the dancers what should be in our parade. Of course they always come up with something creative!

It seems so simple but it’s so fun for them to go in a circle with one another instead of going in a straight line across the floor one at a time. I just have to spice it up once in a while!

What about you? Do you ever have parades? I would love to hear!


  1. I like to do parades too..we do fairy parades, and teddy bear parades. When we have a teddy bear or doll themed class..they march and then wave their teddies in the air. A few classes ago we did a dinosaur marching parade–that was really fun!

    1. Author

      Yay dinosaurs! Teddy bear and doll themed classes sound fun too! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  2. I do percussion parades with my 4 & 5’s in tap class. I have little maracas, bells and tambourines and we march. We try different rhythms, such as march 1 2 3 shake, 1 2 3 shake but their favorite is ‘make as much noise as possible’ parade 🙂

    1. Author

      @Cait, I love the make as much noise as you can idea. I’m sure your head thinks otherwise. lol Thank for your comment!

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