NEW YORK, NY & Paris, KY – April 13, 2021 – Today, the Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels, was selected to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of Kentucky. This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band. Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels will join the celebration at the call of “Let’s Have a Parade™,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of the beloved annual holiday tradition since 1924.
Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence and musical expertise to captivate the streets of New York City and millions of viewers across the country. Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of nine selected bands to march in the 96th edition of the annual holiday spectacle. The band will join the revelry along with other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore, helping to create an unforgettable experience for millions.
“With intricate and challenging drill, ambitious musical programing and exciting performances that push the limits of the marching arts, Bourbon County High School Band ranks as one of the finest marching band programs in the country,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “The Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome the Marching Colonels to the streets of New York City for their debut appearance in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”
“I cannot express how amazing it feels to have been chosen to represent Bourbon County and the entire Bluegrass State in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Michael Stone, Bourbon County High School Marching Band Director. “Our band always strives to impress ourselves, our school, and our community. I cannot wait to take all of that on the road to NYC for the big show!”
Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels will spend the next 18 months planning for their Parade appearance. Rehearsals and creative fundraising events will not only bring the school and local community closer together but also prepare the students for the march of a lifetime. To help kick-start the band’s fundraising goal, Macy’s has made a $10,000 donation in support of their march towards the Big Apple.
For more than ninety years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has given thanks to what Macy’s values most –- its loyal fans. More than 5,000 Macy’s employees and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to create a spectacular event that entertains the cheerful crowds and provides joy to millions at home watching on Thanksgiving Day. Stretching down a more than two-mile-long route in New York City, the spectacle is alive with gleaming color, music and smiles.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
For more than 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. With more than 50 million viewers nationwide on television and online, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. Featuring Macy’s signature giant character balloons, fantasy floats, marching bands, clowns, celebrity and large group performances, and the one-and-only Santa Claus, the annual spectacle continues to bring families together to create cherished holiday memories. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade. (NYSE: M)
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