Hampton’s Marching Force To Play in 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again welcome fans in attendance, along with six new balloons and a local marching band!

Hampton University’s Marching Force will perform at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band was scheduled to perform last year, but the parade was canceled due to the pandemic.

Hampton was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of nine selected bands to march in the parade which starts at 9am on Thursday, November 25th, on NBC.

“Rooted in tradition and with explosive energy, the Hampton University Marching Force delivers outstanding, entertaining shows that time and time again bring the crowd to their feet,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “We look forward to introducing the talented students of Hampton University to our Parade audience for the band’s debut in the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”

“‘The Marching Forceis an elite group of talented, young musicians and dancers who are academically accomplished. This opportunity will allow Hampton University to once again shine on the world-wide stage in front of the millions in attendance and others watching from across the globe,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.  “Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Jones, The Marching Forcecontinues to uphold THE Standard of Excellence as being one of the best marching bands in the nation.”

Performing at the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade is the latest accolade for The Marching Force. The band performed in the 2020 Rome New Year’s Day Parade in Rome, Italy, along with the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and President Obama’s Inauguration Parade in 2009.