Shining a Light on This Year’s Bands…

We are very fortunate to have three bands providing music for this year’s River of Light parade. Sambatucada—Burlington’s Brazilian samba-band—have been heading up the parade since we began in 2010 and will once again be treating us with their infectiously cheery rhythms.
And for the second year running, we are delighted to be joined by The Crosset Brook Middle School Junk Band, who will be leading the smaller tributary leaving from Rusty Parker Park on Main Street.
Brass Balagan are new to the River of Light—find them on the deck of The Reservoir Pub at 5pm, after which they’ll be providing some fabulous music at the rear of the parade.

Here’s a little more info in their own words:

SAMBATUCADA! Burlington’s own samba street band is guaranteed to get you moving to our pulsating carnival rhythms.  No one can resist the huge sound of our drummers playing their contagious brand of Afro-Brazilian percussion.  Patterned after Brazilian carnaval percussion orchestras with up to 300 musicians, Sambatucada! is a Vermont scale version of the traditional community baterias and blocos of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.  Founded in 1995, Sambatucada! has become well known all over northern and central Vermont for exciting performances at parades, festivals, community events and celebrations of every conceivable variety. Hear us on Facebook and ReverbNation, or visit us at


Brass Balagan is a radical street band from Burlington, VT.  Founded in 2010, we demand the elimination of all evil.  We perform mainly for anti-imperialist causes, but are also available for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, shopping mall ribbon-cutting ceremonies, corporate functions, and gun shows. We are eternally recruiting new members. Please find us on Facebook
Brass Balagan

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