This family event recognizes the musical heritage of North Iowa. Mason City is the home town of Meridith Willson, on which is based the musical, "The Music Man". Each spring since 1936 the city has held this musical tribute to the young musicians of the area. Family style professional entertianment of all types, high school jazz bands, concert bands a talent show, a large car show, craft show and carnival. The highlight of the week end is a large parade featuring over 25 bands and 100's of units makes its way through the now fictional "River City". as it has been.