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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.

Millions of people lined the streets of New York City and watched on national television witnessing one of the largest bands to ever march in this historic parade. There is no doubt that this special day will stay with these students for the rest of their lives. 

Drum majors pose for group photo.
Students pose for group photo.

Before stepping off in the parade, students took a few moments to soak in everything around them. They shared moments with their friends and family, all while mentally preparing for the three and a half miles that led them to Herald Square.

Cymbal players pose for group photo.
Band directors pose with Macy's parade guides.
Colorguard students pose for group photo.
Students pose for group photo.
Students pose for photo in NYC.
Students pose for photo in NYC.
Students pose for photo in NYC.

After patiently waiting for their place in line, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marshalls waved 535 members of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band into the streets of New York to join the parade. For the hour it took to walk the parade route, millions of people around the world learned who Western Carolina University was because of the electric performance these students delivered throughout the parade. 

Trombone players march in the Macy's Parade.
Colorguard student marches in Macys Parade.
Student march in the Macy's Parade.
Drumline marches in Macy's Parade.
Colorguard student marches in Macys Parade.
Maylee Speakman marches in Macys Parade.
Spencer Childers marches in Macys Parade.
Cymbal player marches in Macys Parade.
Student marches in Macys Parade.

Catamounts fans traveled from across the country to be on the sidewalks cheering on the band. Their encouragement and support were just what the members needed to push through and finish the three and a half-mile parade route that ultimately led to their performance in Herald Square. 

Catamount fans cheer on the band.
Catamount fans cheer on the band.
Catamount fans cheer on the band.
Chancellor Brown cheers on the marching band.
Catamount fans cheer on the band.
Catamount fans cheer on the band.

After it was all said and done the students stepped out of their TV performance and breathed a huge sigh of relief. Their months of preparation had paid off, they had gained national recognition for Western Carolina University and for the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. There were plenty of smiles to be found as students embraced one another and relived the moment while departing New York City.

Band director embraces student in celebration.

 

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