University of Illinois Marching Illini March Today at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; Surprise Performance Last Night in Times Square, NYC

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The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day 2015, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus!

The Marching Illini are the capstone band this year performing as the entrance act for Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Don’t take our word for it (in case timing is off) but we think the Big Ten Marching Illini with 375 members will appear on national television about 10:54 a.m. (ALL TIME ZONES) on NBC on Thanksgiving morning.

The Marching Illini are performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in Illinois history.

SURPRISE TIMES SQUARE PERFORMANCE: University of Illinois Marching Illini at Times Square 2015 before their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade intro act before Santa’s appearance.

Mitch Cohn in Buffalo Grove recorded this surprise performance November 25, 2015 live at 7:30 PM EST via EarthCam view of Times Square in New York City, NY. Cohn reported it was “pretty cool that you can do this with webcams – even gave us sound. Did you see all the people stopping to watch? Fantastic!”

Top marching bands from across the United States are invited to represent their states in the annual parade. The Prospect Knights Marching Band will represent Illinois next year at the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Marching Band Lineup

• Gulf Coast High School Marching Band, Naples, FL
• Lewis Cass High School Marching Kings, Walton, IN
• Munford High School Marching Band, TN
• Nogales High School Marching Band, La Puente, CA
• North Hardin High School Marching Band, Radcliff, KY
• Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band, Nacogdoches, TX
• University of Illinois Marching Illini, Champaign, IL
• University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band, Charlottesville, VA
• Walled Lake Central Viking Marching Band, Walled Lake, MI Macy’s Great American Marching Band will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
• West Chester University “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band, PA
• Macy’s Great American Marching Band, USA*
• NYPD Marching Band, New York, NY

*The Macy’s Great American Marching Band returns to the parade route this November with more than 250 participants representing all 50 states.

See also …
The Cardinal Prospect High School Marching Knights Learn They Will March in 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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