Rhythm on the Route

The Mardi Gras Battle of the Bands in Jefferson Parish is an exciting event held throughout the Mardi Gras season during the parades in Metairie. Middle school & high school marching bands "battle it out" as they march along Veterans Memorial Boulevard and "show-off their skills" to a panel of judges who determine a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner!  

Rhythm on the Route

Bands earn bragging rights, trophy & a banner along with prize money:
1st Place Winner - $3,000
2nd Place Winner - $2,000
3rd Place Winner - $1,000

Bands may compete in multiple Metairie parades throughout the season.  The program is sponsored by Jefferson Parish District 5 Councilwoman, Jennifer VanVrancken, who continues the tradition started by Jefferson Parish Councilwoman, Cynthia Lee Sheng.  This program offers the opportunity for marching bands to showcase their talents and earn much needed dollars for their programs, as well as provides the public with top-notch entertainment during the carnival parades. Marching bands interested in applying, please contact the JCVB office at 504-731-7083 or 877-572-7474, or email Paris Vinnett, Marketing & Communications Manager.

Congratulations to our 2018 Rhythm on the Route winners!


1. Chalmette
  2. Brother Martin
3. Riverdale


   1. Fountainbleau
2. Northshore
 3. De La Salle


1. Belle Chasse High
2. Chalmette
3. Central Lafourche


1. Fountainbleau
2. Bay High School
3. Belle Chasse High School


1. Ponchatoula
2. Lakeshore
3. Grace King


1. Belaire High School
2. Donaldsonville
3. Sylvanie Williams College Prep


1. Grace King
2. Lafayette Academy
3. Encore Academy


  1. Rummel
  2. Band of Excellence
  3. Belle Chasse Academy


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