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The Macy's Great American Marching Band are a special Marching Band that made their debut in 2006, and have appeared ever since, making them the only Marching Band besides the NYPD Marching Band to hold a permanent berth in the Parade lineup. The members of the band consist of high school music students from across the United States, selected by audition.

Mottos

Since 2011, the band says a motto at the beginning of their Street-beats, with “M-A-C-Y-S” being used in every motto.

  • 2011: “D-I-N-O-S-A, you are a Dinosaur! M-A-C-Y-S, every day I’m shuffling!”
  • 2012: "Turkey, potatoes, gravy, and some stuffing! M-A-C-Y-S, Mama-Say-Mama-Sah Ma-Ma-Coo-Sa!"
  • 2013: ?
  • 2014: “WHOO!!! Look at all dem‘ turkeys! What? M-A-C-Y-S, yeet yaw yeet!”
  • 2015: “WHOO!!! Stuffing! Stuff that turkey real good! M-A-C-Y-S, his name is John Cena!”
  • 2016: “Hey, we at here, 90 years! M-A-C-Y-S, Miiike Wazowski!”
  • 2017: “Turkey's really great, Uncle Otis not so much! M-A-C-Y-S, purple’s not allowed! WHOO!!!”
  • 2018: “There’s no fire waking up at 4 AM! M-A-C-Y-S, look, it’s Jimmy Fallon!”
  • 2019: “Turkey, potatoes, gravy, and some stuffing! M-A-C-Y-S, Santa stole our vibe!"

Trivia

  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, 2020 will mark the only occasion since the band’s introduction in 2006 where they will not participate in the Parade at all, though a re-invitation to the 2021 Parade is tentative.
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