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On behalf of the Macy's Band Selection Committee, welcome to the application site for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Each fall, The Macy's Parade marks the start of the holiday season with the nation's most beloved spectacle featuring giant helium balloons, floats, specialty performance groups, celebrity performers, the one-and-only Santa Claus and - of course - the nation's best marching bands! Here at Macy's, we are always on the lookout for the most entertaining marching bands, drum and bugle corps, military bands and community bands of all shapes and sizes to entertain the 3 million spectators 'live' on the streets of Manhattan and over 50 million viewers on television. 

We have now successfully moved our application process online, making it easier to submit materials and reapply from year to year! We hope you find this new and improved application process more straight forward and easy to use. 

Now, many directors ask us: What is the selection committee really looking for? The most important and persuasive part of your application is the full field show footage from either a halftime or competitive show performance. Please upload the entire show so members of the Macy's Band Selection Committee can understand the full range and experience of your performance. Our selection process begins with what you put on the field, so please provide us with the highest quality, most outstanding field show footage you can! 

NEW:  We understand marching bands are a culture and what happens on the field is only part of the story.  We've added an additional short video request for you to tell us more about your program, your school or community of support and why you believe the band should be selected.  More on that inside!

Please note: applications must be uploaded no later than February 1st, 2024 to be considered for both the 2025 and 2026 Parades!  All applicants will be notified in writing of the selection committee's decision by May 1st. 

Thanks again for your interest in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade band program and GOOD LUCK!

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