cav-hatThe Cavalier Marching Band is heading to New York City for the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s one of 10 bands selected to perform on Nov. 26, 2015, beating out more than 175 applicants nationwide. Imagine the sound of UVA’s finest beneath the shadows of Superman, Underdog, Bullwinkle and Snoopy!And we have a challenge for you: The UVA Parents Committee has issued a $50,000 challenge to help meet the estimated $250,000 cost of this exciting trip. They’re matching every dollar given, effectively doubling every gift up to the $50,000 mark. Help us meet the Parents Committee Challenge and give today! Then step up, march along, and follow our progress toward the goal. NYC, here we come. Learn more about the Cavalier Marching Band.


The Macy’s Parade attracts over 3.5 million live spectators and 50 million+ viewers. You can tune in or be there in person.

As we get closer to Nov. 26, check here for the latest news on registering for a CMB/Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade event and ways to join and cheer on the band in NYC. We’ve reserved a block of hotel rooms and information to help you navigate the parade.

Please note that Grandstand Tickets for viewing the parade are not available to the General Public. We will have information about suggested viewing areas as the event nears.


  • New York Marriott Marquis 
    1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
    Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-303-0104
    Reservations Local Phone: 1-212-398-1900
    Click here to reserve your room at the Marriott Marquis
  • For questions regarding the room block:
    Kevin Conley, Director of Alumni & Parent Travel University of Virginia
    434-243-4984 or  866-765-2646
  • Rates
    Rooms Blocked for dates 11/24 – 11/26
    Single Room Rate – $299 Sold Out
    Executive King Room Rate – $349
    Double Room Rate – $399


(more information coming soon)

  • Wednesday evening – “CMB Welcome to NYC” reception at the New York Marriott Marquis
  • Open rehearsals – location and time TBD
  • Parade route practice – location and time TBD

Check out the parade route at Macy’s website.


Traveling to New York with 330+ band members and their instruments is complicated and costly. Your support will make it possible. Many have already contributed to this momentous opportunity for the Cavalier Marching Band. The Parents Committee has issued a challenge to match gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

Help us meet the Parents Committee Challenge, the first step toward reaching the $250,000 needed.

All gifts are welcome and will help the CMB reach New York for the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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