When our football team travels to NYC to take on Columbia, it’s time for the Sy Katz ’31 Parade! Following the game, the Big Red Marching Band leads hundreds of Cornellians down Fifth Avenue. All alumni, friends, and family members are invited to march in this biennial parade.

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.

Alice Katz Berglas ’66 and Penny Haitkin ’65 continue to spearhead the biennial tradition along with Cornell’s Division of Alumni Affairs and Development, 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.

2016 Parade

We featured Provost Michael Kolikoff as grand marshal for the Sy Katz ’31 Parade in 2016. Cornellians of all ages with their friends, families, and even pets joined the festivities. View photos of this memorable march down Fifth Avenue.