New Year Parade
Rome & Vatican City, Italy | Annually in January
A Celebration of the Pope’s Worldwide Day of Peace!
Join the procession of traveling bands to St. Peter’s Square with pomp and pageantry in celebration of La Festa di San Silvestro. If you are unable to travel over New Years, Peter's Way can also make arrangements for band tours for May Day in Vatican City.
- Day 1 | Depart USA
- Day 2 | Arrive in Rome
- Day 3 | Tour of Ancient Rome | Performance at St. Peter's Basilica
- Morning tour of Rome's ancient landmarks. Afternoon orientation meeting of all band directors with parade organizers. 2:00 p.m. gathering of all bands on Piazza del Sant' Uffizio. 3:00 p.m. Holy Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. All bands will take part in the celebration with music.
- Day 4 | Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel | Performance
- This morning, visit of one of the greatest art collections in the world, the Vatican Museums. Continue to the Sistine Chapel, the private chapel of the Popes, where Michelangelo best expressed his genius in monumental frescoes. End the tour in St. Peter's Basilica. 5:00 p.m. start of the parade. March from Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazia through Via Candia, Viale Giulio Cesare, Via Ottaviano, Piazza Risorgimento, Via Cola di Rienzo, Via Cicerone, Piazza Cavour, Castel Sant’Angelo, Via della Conciliazione, and Piazza San Pietro. The bands will line up in St. Peter's Square and perform Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" (European Hymn). Pasta party with all participating bands.
- Day 5 | Performance at St. Peter's Square
- Gathering of all bands on Piazza del Sant' Uffizio. Participate in noon Angelus Prayer with the Holy Father. All together, the bands will perform “Großer Gott wir loben Dich.”
- Day 6 | Return from Rome
Have Peter's Way incorporate this festival into your customized performance tour of the region! If you and your choir are interested in extending your stay in Italy, we will be glad to make arrangements for you. Possible extensions to Florence, Assisi, Venice, and other cities are available. Peter’s Way can make additional concert arrangements upon request.