Teen with Autism Leads Main Street Philharmonic Band During Christmas Day Parade

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Teen with Autism Leads Main Street Philharmonic Band During Christmas Day Parade

Who doesn’t love a feel-good Disney story? We’ve got a great one to share with you! If you watched the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade yesterday then you already know the story of a music-loving teen with Autism who got to lead the Main Street Philharmonic down Main Street USA in Walt Disney World.

Teen with Autism Leads Main Street Philharmonic Band During Christmas Day Parade

During the parade, Massachusetts high schooler Luke Barry proudly marched in uniform and led the way as special guest percussionist with the legendary Main Street Philharmonic band.

Related – Tune in Christmas Morning for the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Luke, who felt right at home with Disney parade performers, has an unending passion for marching bands that began shortly after being diagnosed with Autism as a toddler.  Over the years, his love of music and bands has continued to grow – even leading to the creation of his very own neighborhood marching ensemble with friends and family! 

Along with an ear for music, Luke has also developed a special knack for inspiring people and making others happy. Disney recently surprised this extraordinary teen with the invite to join the parade and enjoy the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World. Here’s a heartwarming look at the visit:

Luke and his family say their Disney Parks visit was a memory of a lifetime filled with amazing experiences.

Related – Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade Airs Christmas Morning

Teen with Autism Leads Main Street Philharmonic Band During Christmas Day Parade

And if you ask others who met Luke during his visit, you’ll also learn that the teen represents much of what’s good in the world!  Luke remembers every person’s name he meets, picks flowers for friends, family, and friendly strangers who cross his path – and we’re proud to share his story with all of you.

You can still see Luke’s appearance and enjoy all of the excitement from the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade on Hulu – airing now until Dec. 31, 2021.


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Sara is a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency. She lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 kids. Due to her extreme dislike of winter, she travels often to warmer destinations during the colder months. She visits the Disney parks and resorts frequently with her family and loves helping other families plan magical vacations. Contact her here for help with your vacation!
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