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2024 Rose Parade to feature Jackson State’s Sonic Boom of the South

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California will be getting a taste of Mississippi with the Sonic Boom of the South set to perform at the 2025 Rose Parade.

The Jackson State marching band announced on social media that it had accepted an invitation to play in the world-famous event held annually in Pasadena — a New Year’s Day tradition dating back to 1890.

The parade will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. CT on Jan. 1 and will occur prior to the 12 p.m. kickoff of the 110th annual Rose Bowl Playoff Game, which will be played between two teams fighting for a spot in the National Championship.

Dubbed The Sonic Boom of the South in 1971, the Jackson State marching band has performed many halftime appearances for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Sonic Boom has also been featured in a television special for Motown’s 30th Anniversary and the 34th NAACP Image Awards, with a special guest performance by “Cedric the Entertainer.”

The band is a popular entry in halftime performances during football season as well as for parades across Mississippi and other states.

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