The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band (LGBAC) is a community band based in New York City, NY. The group was founded on September 24th, 1979 as the New York Gay Community Marching Band, and currently stands as the third-oldest community band in the United States dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community. The band includes baton twirlers, a color guard and an honor guard. The band's mission is to provide members with a supportive and friendly environment through performance and music, and to promote social acceptance. Membership is all-inclusive, but mostly consists of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, and the band welcomes heterosexual players as well.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in the reimagined 2020 Parade, celebrating the group's 40th anniversary milestone. The group was selected to represent the New York City Pride March; one of many events that was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.
The group was originally scheduled to appear alongside the Macy's Pride Stars novelty balloons, but the balloons were later cut from the line of march in early-November 2020. For the LGBAC's appearance in the television-only Parade, the group performed a rendition of the hit song, "Dancing Queen," complete with a blast of rainbow-colored confetti following the group's performance.