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Meet Pride of the Mountains

In 2019, Pride of the Mountains was one of the only bands in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade history to perform twice in 5 years. Their journey to this incredible day started a year previously, as students started preparing for the Parade.

Lucas sisters with friends

Marching in their Dad's Footsteps

Skylar and Mackenzie Lucas had heard the stories about how their dad, marched in the 1986 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Both grew up dreaming of someday following in his footsteps. Not only did the dream become a reality when each performed in this year’s Macy’s parade as members of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, but they did so with their dad cheering them on from the Manhattan sidewalks.  

Student enjoys views of New York City.

One World Trade Center Observatory

Students from Pride of the Mountains got a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the views of New York City from atop the largest building in the city.  

Macys drumhead on bass drum.

Let's Have a Parade!

After months of rehearsal, planning, and anticipation, the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band finally fulfilled its dreams of marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

Students at rehearsal in new york



Band students take a picture in front of the statue of liberty.

Statue of Liberty Cruise

Students from Pride of the Mountains spent their last few hours before the parade cruising the Hudson River with their friends and taking in all of the city views.  

New York City Skyline

Touring the City

On Tuesday, the students of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band caught a show on Broadway and visited the One World Observatory.  

Student swings on swing set in Central Park.

Touring the City

The wait is finally over and the Pride of the Mountains has arrived in New York City. For some students, this is their first time away from North Carolina. It’s clear that everyone excited about all that the city has to offer. It’s 3 days until Macy’s and the students of Pride of the Mountains are taking a much-needed break to tour NYC.  

Band student smiles at instructor.

Mountains to Macy's

Take a look behind the scenes of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band as they prepare to take on the Big Apple for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  

Instruments being unloaded

Unpacking NYC

We Have Arrived - North Carolina, Tennesee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania… New York City. After eleven hours on the road Saturday, the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band arrived in New York City.  

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