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Contact: Christine Payton May 4, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Marching Band members today got the news of a lifetime when official word came from a surprise guest at the band’s Spring concert, that the group has been selected to perform in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

Every year, at the sound of Let’s Have a Parade, the spectacular event steps off to the musical beat of the nation’s best marching bands. The highly coveted marching band slots in the line-up of giant balloons, fantastic floats, clowns and performance groups, can only be filled by the best of the best each year.

With more than 3.5 million live spectators and a nationwide audience of more than 50 million viewers, the Macy’s Parade is the ultimate entertainment stage for elite performers. The bands are huge crowd pleasers providing the musical pulse to the holiday revelry for the millions of spectators enjoying America’s Parade.

“ We are thrilled that the Pride of Acadiana Marching Band will be returning to the Macy's Parade once again in 2012. Their consistent ability over the years to entertain their fans by putting on exciting shows merits their selection to the national stage at the Macy's Parade, and we look forward to their return to New York City in front of millions of spectators,” said Wesley Whatley, associate creative director of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“ The Pride of Acadiana feels greatly honored to be chosen for the Macy's Parade for a second time. It is exciting for the sound of the Ragin' Cajuns® to ring out in New York City, said Brian Taylor, band director, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Marching Band. “Our students always work very hard and this honor is a recognition of that spirit of hard work and dedication they bring to each performance. For me, the Macy’s Parade is so connected with our culture and Thanksgiving. Almost every household has the parade playing on that morning. For our students to be a part of this spectacle is truly amazing.”

The Pride of Acadiana Marching Band were selected to be one of 11 marching ensembles in the 2012 Parade out of more than 150 applicants nationwide. Their above entertainment, musical ability, marching and performance skills took them to the top of the list and won them a slot in the legendary Parade that will see them step into the line of march on Thursday, November 22, 2012.

The Macy’s Parade takes more than a year to plan, with bands chosen over 18 months before their Parade step-off. Each band application is thoroughly reviewed by the Macy’s Parade Band Committee, which yearly looks for bands that not only have great musical and marching ability, but will also bring an incredible energy and excitement to their performance on the national stage provided by the Parade’s immense television audience.

For more than 80 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer.

With its star status in homes across the nation, as well as its iconic role in popular culture
from classic films (Miracle on 34th Street) to musical tributes (Greenday’s “Macy’s Day Parade”), the Macy’s Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. Featuring fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons, the Parade’s musical heart comes from its High School and University marching bands.

The road to New York City begins today and culminates when the band steps onto the national stage on the famous red star mark in front of Macy’s Herald Square that will beam their showstopping performance to millions.

Document last revised Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:58 AM

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