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My rules were:
Start planning about a month in advance. Here's a checklist of things to do:
On the day, pick up the classes about ten minutes before scheduled marching and line them up. Turn on the march tape and go! Everybody wave and smile!
I was really concerned that working parents would have a problem with the demands of making a costume, but instead, they really responded favorably to the time spent with their child deciding on and creating a costume, and the non-competetive atmosphere. Teachers will be more receptive to the event the less you ask them to do, so be organized. Once you do it one year, it will be a piece of cake...which is a good thing, because this kind of fun has to be annual!
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