When the University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band passes the TV cameras during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, Chattanooga-area viewers may recognize familiar faces.
Seven students from Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama will be performing in the 400-member ensemble.
This is the first appearance in the Macy's parade for the Million Dollar Band, whose musicians will be among 10 marching bands and 8,000 total participants.
The parade's signature attraction - 15 giant, helium-filled character balloons - will soar between skyscrapers, and celebrities ranging from Carrie Underwood to Kelly Rowland to Kristin Chenoweth will perform. Also featured along the 2.5-mile route will be 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, nine performance groups and more than 800 clowns.
Although the pandemic meant a smaller parade and no live audience in 2020, executive producer Will Coss has promised this year's 95th edition will mark "the return of this cherished tradition."