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VIDEO: Drum corps in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Madison Scouts participated in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (lev radin/Shutterstock.com)Photo by: Drum Corps International

VIDEO: Drum corps in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Drum Corps International

An annual tradition of the holiday season, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has taken to the streets of New York City since 1924.

In a handful of those more than 85 years, drum corps have taken center stage in front of the Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street, performing for millions during national television broadcasts.

Pride of Drum Corps All-Stars
Thursday, November 28, 1991

400 members from DCI and DCA drum corps
Corps followed: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a ’61 Cadillac convertible
Played: "Tenderloin" from "Little Old New York," “Auld Lang Syne”
Followed by: Dancing Tasmanian Devil float

Summer Music Games All-Star Drum & Bugle Corps
Thursday, November 24, 1994

Who: An all-star group of DCI and DCA drum corps members
Corps followed: Chloe the Holiday Clown balloon
Played: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Auld Lang Syne”
Followed by: Big Bird balloon

The Cadets
Thursday, November 24, 2005

Who: Members of the corps’ 2005 World Championship-winning drum corps
Corps followed: Pokemon balloon
Played: “Swing, Swing, Swing”
Followed by: Four-story tall drummer boy balloon and Miss USA 2005

Madison Scouts
Thursday, November 27, 2014

Who: Madison Scouts’ “Corps of Brothers” featuring current and alumni members representing seven decades of the organization
Corps followed: Spongebob Squarepants balloon
Played: Holiday arrangement of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”
Followed by: Macy’s elf balloons and Santa Claus

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