The Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White will lead all eleven bands at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23. Not only will Alabama A&M mark their first opportunity to lead all eleven bands, but it will also mark the first the band has participated in the parade at all. The university’s Dancin’ Divas will also brave the cold as they join the Marching Maroon & White in the New York event.
“So, we’re excited about that and a little bit nervous as well,” Alabama A&M Marching Maroon & White Director Carlton Wright told USA Today.
“It’s a great reward for our students to be able to attend this parade because they’ve worked hard to raise the funds for the past two years. To end this semester and this marching band season on a high note like this is wonderful.”
Alabama A&M and its 250 band members have been working toward this opportunity for a long time. Wright reportedly applied to participate in the parade two years ago and learned of the band’s acceptance in February. From there, the university began fundraising and preparing for the parade.
“When it comes to entertaining audiences, no marching, step or dance style delivers like HBCU bands and step groups,” Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Creative Director Wesley Whatley told Amsterdam News.
“Their creative energy and showmanship bring an unmatched energy to the parade. This year, we are thrilled that Alabama A&M University will step into the spotlight and showcase their talent on a national stage for millions of viewers across the country this Thanksgiving.”