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SDSU selected to perform in 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band at the 2018 Hobo Day Parade.
The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band at the 2018 Hobo Day Parade.

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Today, the South Dakota State University’s Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band was selected to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of South Dakota. This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band. The Pride 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. The Pride 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 Pride of the Dakotas 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.

“As one of the finest marching bands in the state, South Dakota State University hosts high energy and entertaining halftime performances at each and every football game,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band for its debut appearance in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”

Kevin Kessler
Kevin Kessler

“The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band is honored have been selected to participate in the great American tradition that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Kevin Kessler, South Dakota State University’s director of athletic bands. “The Pride’s performance in New York will be another accolade in a long history of South Dakota State University bands playing on the world’s biggest stages. Our students are looking forward to sharing their spirit and energy with spectators across the country on Thanksgiving.”

The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band will spend the next 18 months planning for its 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 toward the Big Apple.

For more than 90 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 2-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 (NYSE: M)