Saturday, November 19

Join your fellow Cornellians in New York for the Sy Katz ’31 Parade and street festival. 🐻🎉  Bring your Big Red spirit to Madison and 44th, starting at 4:30 p.m.

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2022 event details

We’re back better than ever for one of Cornell’s most unique events in New York. This year’s celebration will look a bit different, as we made some adjustments to enhance the experience for everyone. No more standing out in the cold to wait for the band!

Those who don’t go to the Cornell vs. Columbia football game will gather at Cafe 346 (the former Brooks Brothers site), on Madison and 44th, to hang out in a warm location and greet the Big Red Marching Band as they parade to 44th Street.

Cornellians, families, and friends of all ages are welcome! Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. Masks are optional but your Big Red gear is mandatory 🐻

4:30 p.m. – Welcome remarks, activities, performances, and more! We’ll be meeting at Cafe 346. (44th Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.)
5:45 p.m. – The party moves outside to 44th St.
6:15 p.m. – Cheer on the Big Red Band in front of The Cornell Club-New York (approximate time)
7:00 p.m. – Official event ends / Tailgate Party begins at The Cornell Club-New York

2022 Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshals

Announcing the Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshals of the 50th anniversary
Sy Katz ’31 Parade 2022:

Grand Marshal

The Cornell Club-New York
In recognition of their partnership and warm welcome at every parade since 1972

Honorary Grand Marshals

Bill Welker ’73
Drum major, first Sy Katz ’31 Parade, 1972

Brian Adelman ’09
Chair, Big Red Band Alumni Association
Representing every bandmember, current and past

The shortest parade with the longest history in New York City

Seymour “Sy” Katz ’31 was an avid supporter of all things Cornell. He fell in love with the Big Red Marching Band in the late-60s and decided the band needed its own parade. In 1972, with the help of friends at the Cornell Club-New York, he managed to get a police permit to march one city block. Over the years, the parade has taken on a life of its own, but the mission remains the same: to give the Big Red Marching Band a time to shine. Sy took great pride in the fact that “No other Ivy has its very own parade in New York City!”

The biennial tradition is spearheaded by Cornell’s Division of Alumni Affairs and Development, in partnership with: Alice Katz Berglas ’66, Penny Haitkin ’65, and Bob Katz ’69; the Cornell Club-New York; the Big Red Marching Band Alumni Association; Cornell Athletics; Cornell Cheerleaders; and, of course, the Cornell Big Red Marching Band.

Parade memories

Relive your favorite Sy Katz ’31 Parade moments. See photos from the 2018 parade and the 2016 parade.