Banner raids are a tongue-in-cheek ritual used to promote visits of square dance clubs with each other.
The Banner itself in this context is usually a rectangular cloth replica of the club�s parade banner
(see the Whirl & Twirl 'Blue Bandits' banner above)
A banner is �won� or Stolen when members of one club visit another and the visited club will award their banner.
A banner is then �retrieved� when the visited club likewise visits the visiting club.