Marching Illini Get Ready for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The countdown has begun until the 375 members of the Marching Illini head down the route and perform in Herald Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The musicians, twirlers, Illinettes, and color guard will focus on tunes familiar to University of Illinois fans in this legendary procession before they step into the limelight for a brief televised concert. Director Barry Houser has been drilling the band members on the complex logistics for this first appearance by the Marching Illini in the parade before the departure in November for New York City. Learn more about their preparations in a feature article from the News Bureau, and follow the Marching Illini's progress on Twitter.