Quantico Band first Marine Corps Band to play Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

2 Dec 2002 | GySgt. Tim McGough

Quantico Band was first Marine Corps Band to play Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Marine Corps Band from Quantico made history on Thanksgiving.  They were the first Marine band to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since the parade's inception in 1924.

The band marched the two and a half miles down Broadway and performed for more than 70 million people worldwide. "I think it was outstanding," said SSgt. Joseph W. Streeter, Drum Major for the Quantico Band.  "It was a chance to get Marines in Dress Blues in front of the world.  It really motivated me."

While most people were on the sidewalks or at their televisions warm and with their families, the Marines entertained them with numerous patriotic songs, to include: America, Semper Fidelis, God Bless America and of course The Marine's Hymn.  After the Marines finish what do they do then?  What about their Thanksgiving?

"The band was motivated," said Streeter.  "We made history and the Marines families are going to have their Thanksgiving on Friday instead."

The band was originally scheduled to perform at the NBC's Fourth of July Celebration but the plans fell through.  The Marines were then rescheduled for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  "It worked out better for the Marine Corps," said Maj. David C. Andersen, Director of Public Affairs New York.  "Although our plans fell through on the fourth, more than 70-thousand people view this parade nationally and internationally.  The viewership was ten-fold on Thanksgiving compared to Independence Day."

So by "accident" the Marines made a small bit of history. 

Who knows maybe they will stay a part of the Macy's Parade tradition.  The Marine Corps is known for honoring their traditions from the past.  Maybe this will become a future tradition.

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