Event Information for Band Members

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Events that have already passed or for which we do not yet have staging info are not listed here.
See the Performances page for a full list of events.


Date Event
February 25, 2020 Mysti Krewe of Nimbus Mardi Gras Parade
March 15, 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 19, 2020 French American International School Mardi Gras
May 15-17, 2020 Poulsbo Viking Fest
November 10-20, 2020
(optional NZ extension through
November 30, 2020)
"Down Under" Tour
  Long-Term Travel Plans
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General Info:

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  • Events that have already passed or for which we do not yet have staging info are not listed here.   For the complete list of the year's events, see the Performances page.

Portland Mardi Gras Parade - Tue Feb 25, 2020

Hosted by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, this is Portland's own Mardi Gras parade. Our fourth year for this event.

Uniform:   DRESS uniform: TBGO polo shirt, TBGO hat, black pants/belt, black socks, black shoes, TBGO letterman jacket. Black turtleneck beneath the uniform shirt is optional for additional warmth. Clear plastic raincoat is acceptable if it's wet.

Loaner Jackets:   We have a few loaner TBGO letterman jackets available for $5 per event. If you want to rent one for this event, contact Janet Tolopka (janet AT tbgo.org) as soon as possible. If we don't have enough jackets available or you prefer not to rent one, you can wear the purple polo with black turtleneck underneath and you'll look matched.

Additional garb and decorations:   This is a NIGHT parade, so memorize or make sure you have a light source for your music. Thermal underwear, hand warmers, foot warmers, and similar accouterments may be quite useful if the weather is cold. If it looks rainy, you may want to consider bringing a clear plastic raincoat. If you choose to wear gloves or ear covering during the parade please wear black. (Any color is fine for stuff you wear only before the parade.) This is a Mardi Gras parade, so you are encouraged to add appropriate decorations in purple, gold, and green. Horn decorating and are encouraged! You may substitute appropriate Mardi Gras headgear for the TBGO hat. Janet will bring the purple flashing fedoras to the Feb 23 rehearsal for those who would like to use one.

Meet:   At 6:00 PM at Victoria Bar, 4835 NE Albina Ave. (map) Victoria Bar has beignets available until they run out. We stage with Group B along N Humboldt St as shown on staging map. Portapotties are available in the Neil Kelly parking lot. Parade steps off at 7 PM.

Parking:   Drop-off for large equipment is available at Neil Kelly, but MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMEONE WATCHING ANY GEAR YOU DROP OFF. Because of limited parking in the staging area, the organizers suggest either parking near the end of the parade (near the Ecliptic Brewery) or along the adjacent streets along the parade route. You can also park near the parade end and then ride TriMet #4 bus to the staging area. The bus runs west along N Fremont, then north on Mississippi and Albina. Get off at N Blandena, one block south of the staging area.

Parade Route: Parade heads south on Albina Ave and then Mississippi Ave to end at N Fremont St near Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St. Parade is approx 0.8 miles long and ends by around 8 PM.

After-Party:   Parade ends at Ecliptic Brewing (825 N Cook St) – afterparties begin! Many venues will have food and drink specials all day and after the parade. Parade organizers have an afterparty with zydeco band at Mississippi Studios (open to public, $5 admission until they reach capacity, no masks).

Parade Music:

  1. Dancing in the Street
  2. Fireball
  3. We Like to Party
  4. Venus

Poulsbo Viking Fest - May 15-17, 2020



Viking Fest

TBGO's Long-Term Travel Plan includes both "big trips" like Australia and "mini-trips" that take us to local festivals like Poulsbo Viking Fest. It's fun bonding with bandmates on these regional trips and experiencing local festivals! The lower cost of the mini-trips also lets more band associates participate in travel events.

Viking Fest is an annual 3-day celebration of Poulsbo's (aka "Little Norway") Scandinavian heritage. It is celebrated each year on the 3rd weekend of the month of May. The Saturday parade is about 1.5 miles long with from 80 to 90 units. There's a Viking Village, carnival, food, entertainment, eating contests all the usual. Photos and more information about Viking Fest are available here (note: site appears to be offline. Be sure to check out this story as well (the donut photo alone is worth it).

Trip Details and Signup

This is a 3-day, 2 night motor coach trip much like the Spokane Lilac Festival trip (depart Fri morning, return Sun evening). Full trip details are available here, including a link to the signup survey.

We're delighted to pass along the good news that the price of this trip turned out to be about $60 LESS than our original estimate. In addition, there is a $100 Early Booking Discount available to all band associates who qualify (see the full trip details for exact requirements).

Non-performer guests are welcome to join the trip but are not eligible for the EBD or other subsidies provided to band associates.

Deadline EXTENDED:

  • Early Booking Discount:  December 24, 2019

"Down Under" Tour - Australia - November 10-20, 2020
(Optional New Zealand extension through November 29)



National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant

We're going to Australia! In November 2020 TBGO will perform in Adelaide's National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant, the largest single-day parade in the southern hemisphere, the second biggest in the world (behind the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City), and the largest Christmas Parade in the world.

Trip Details and Signup

Full details for the Australia Tour and the optional New Zealand Extension are now available including itineraries, land packages, air packages, pricing, and other necessary travel details. You'll also find information about ways the band is helping to reduce the cost of the trip for band associates including a substantial Early Booking Discount and a significant budget for the Travel Awards Program.

Non-performer guests are welcome to join the trip but are not eligible for the EBD, Travel Awards, or other subsidies provided to band associates.


  • Travel Award applications:  October 20, 2019
  • Early Booking Discount:  October 31, 2019

Long-Term Travel Plans

Major Road Trips

The Board talks with members informally to get travel ideas, and there's no shortage of fun things to do. We've built a long-term travel plan using these criteria:

Regional Trips and Mini-Trips

Besides our annual "big road trip", we make a conscious effort to broaden our reach in regional events. This will certainly include day trips, but we'd also love to add one or two "mini-trips" each year if the band can support it. In general, we'd try to space mini-trips so that they don't fall right on top of a major trip (i.e., we'll try to create "breathing room" between trips as much as we can.) A mini-trip would typically be closer to home, include a 1-2 night hotel stay, and have lower cost. Examples of mini-trips that we've done include the Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth (WA), Wenatchee Appleblossom Festival, Pendleton Round-Up, Medford Pear Blossom Festival, White Rock (BC) Sea Festival, and Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Vancouver, BC).

Active Travel Plan

In October 2018 the TBGO Board unveiled a new multi-year travel plan at the annual TBGO Birthday Party, including both regional and major national/international trips through 2024.

UPDATE:  Based on interest poll results, we have decided that we will NOT travel to Yakima Sunfair in September 2019. We are keeping this event on the list for possible travel in the future.

Click the grid at right for a one-page summary of the plan.  
If you are on PC or Mac, click the cover slide at right to launch a self-running slide show with details of the plan and its trips. It may take a bit for the presentation to start running since it's large (48 MB). Once it launches, you can advance through it using mouse, space bar, enter key, arrow keys, etc.
If you are on a phone, tablet, or other such device, click on the PDF version at right. It loses the lovely animations and transitions, but at least you can see all the text!


Useful Contact Information

Tom Higham Contact Info

Many of you have worked with Tom Higham, who handles TBGO's overnight travel (and personal travel for many of us).

Mailing Address:

Tom Higham
dba Travel by Tom Higham
9580 SW 146th Terrace, Suite #1
Beaverton, OR 97007


Cell:   (503) 484-8842

(503) 336-0868