HAMPTON, Va. (September 18, 2020) – The Hampton University Marching Forces’ performance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been deferred to 2021 to enhance safety protocols abided by the CDC and New York City safety regulations.
“Through these very unprecedented times, there have been a lot of changes to the entire world. We had high hopes performing in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “We look forward to next year’s parade, but in the meantime, safety is the main concern for everyone.”
The 2021 annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be modified to safely bring the magic to more than 50 million viewers nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, while maintaining all of the spectacle and wonder of this cherished holiday tradition. This year, the celebration will shift to a television only special presentation, showcasing the Macy’s Parade’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, street performers, clowns and heralding the arrival of the holiday season with the one-and-only Santa Claus.
Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence, musical and marching abilities to captivate more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. Hampton was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of nine selected bands to march in the 94th edition of the annual holiday spectacle.
"Being selected for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a once-in-a-lifetime honor for any collegiate band. Although we face a daunting fundraising challenge as a result of our invite being deferred to next year, the decision was the prudent one, and in the best interests of our students' safety,” said Hampton University Director of Bands, Dr. Thomas Jones. “Viewed by over 50 million people, this will represent a significant amount of exposure for Hampton University, and we are hoping that we can meet this challenge and ensure that we are able to participate in this cherished event.”