Event Details

Come celebrate the 50th year of the shortest parade with the longest history in New York City! We’re kicking off the return of this Cornell tradition, with new and exciting changes. 

Cornellians, families, and friends of all ages are welcome for this street fair style celebration. We’re bringing you the biggest request from previous years—a spot that’s dry and warm! We’ll be meeting at Cafe 346 (the old Brooks Brothers). Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. We’ll move out to 44th Street to greet the Big Red Band and Big Red Band Alumni as they end their march in front of the Cornell Club-New York for their classic finale concert.

Masks are optional but your Big Red gear is mandatory! ðŸ»

Event Details

Date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022
Time: 4:30–7:00 p.m. ET
4:30 p.m. – Welcome remarks, activities, performances, and more!
5:45 p.m. â€“ The party moves outside to 44th St.
6:15 p.m. â€“ Cheer on the Big Red Band in front of The Cornell Club-New York (approximate time)
7:00 p.m. – Official event ends / Cornell Club Tailgate Party begins
Location: 44th Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.
Please enter and check-in from the Madison Avenue side through Cafe 346 (the old Brooks Brothers Building). 
Cost: Parade celebration is free for all, Cornell Club Tailgate Party is $51 per person
RSVP for the Tailgate by Nov. 11, 2022

All are welcome to stop by the Big Red Tap & Grill for drinks (cash bar only)!

Cornell Club Tailgate Party

Following the band’s performance outside The Club, gather with old friends and make new ones at The Cornell Club-New York’s tailgate party! Enjoy traditional tailgate favorites and a cash bar for drinks. View Menu Here 

$51 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.

Advance reservations required by Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m. at which point they are considered final sale. The post-game party sells out every year, so early registration is encouraged! 

Announcing the Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshals

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.

History of the Parade

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!â€

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.

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