Mary Baldwin University’s Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Corps of Cadets and Mary Baldwin/VWIL Marching Band will participate in the Virginia governor’s inaugural parade in Williamsburg January 14. The date will mark the first time a Virginia governor takes the oath of office in the Commonwealth’s colonial capitol since Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated in 1779, but it will be VWIL’s third performance in a Virginia gubernatorial parade.
Created in 1995, VWIL is the only all-female corps of cadets in the country. The corps and band — which includes non-cadet students — have made two consecutive appearances in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, and the units are preparing for a third appearance in March. They will be among 40 elite groups marching the one-mile-plus route in the gubernatorial parade.
The gubernatorial parade will begin at 1 p.m., or shortly after Tim Kaine is sworn in. He will lead the procession down Duke of Gloucester Street. The ceremony and parade are scheduled to be televised by stations in Richmond, Charlottesville, Hampton Roads, Washington, and other areas around the state.
For media coverage of the corps’ and bands’ parade appearance, please read the following article in Waynesboro’sThe News Virginian: