UPDATE: Bourbon County High School to perform in 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) (UPDATE)- “3, 2, 1 let’s have a parade!” It’s the sound of pure excitement.

The students in the Bourbon County High School Marching Band thought they were getting together Tuesday night for a meeting to find out the theme of their fall marching band show.

But there was an even bigger surprise in store.

“Actually surprising the really talented students of Bourbon County high school band that they have been selected to represent the state of Kentucky and perform in New York City next year in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” said Wesley Whatley, Creative Producer for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band applied back in 2019 for the chance to perform in the holiday spectacle.

“We knew not only were they the kind of program that would represent Kentucky beautifully, but they’re also the kind of program that has a national reputation and we really look for those programs that excel” added Whatley.

This will be the band’s first time performing in the parade…and as Band Director, Michael Stone, expressed, this opportunity is something special.

“A lot of them probably would never travel to New York otherwise. We come from a relatively low income community and so this is going to be something really special for these kids” said Stone.

He says they couldn’t be more excited to have been selected and that the work starts now.

“i just can’t wait to see the kids faces when they finally like when we get there and they realize this is happening.”

But there was just one more surprise in store for the band…invitations come out 18 months in advance to those selected in order to help give them enough time to fundraise for the trip..

But, that’ll be a little easier with a $10,000 donation from Macy’s…Its way of saying “Congratulations.”

“I just know that these kids are going to get out there and they’re going to put on a show for these folks” said Stone.


NEW YORK, NY & Paris, KY – (WTVQ) (ORIGINAL STORY)– The students in the marching band at Bourbon County High School got the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday night.

The Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels, was selected to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of Kentucky. This is the first time the band will perform there. Bourbon County High School Marching Band will join the celebration at the call of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the phrase that has signaled the start of the annual holiday tradition since 1924.

Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that the talent and expertise to captivate millions of viewers across the country and the streets of New York City. The band was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of nine selected bands to march in the 96th edition of the annual holiday spectacle. The band will join the revelry along with other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore.

“With intricate and challenging drill, ambitious musical programming and exciting performances that push the limits of the marching arts, Bourbon County High School Band ranks as one of the finest marching band programs in the country,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “The Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome the Marching Colonels to the streets of New York City for their debut appearance in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”

“I cannot express how amazing it feels to have been chosen to represent Bourbon County and the entire Bluegrass State in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Michael Stone, Bourbon County High School Marching Band Director. “Our band always strives to impress ourselves, our school, and our community. I cannot wait to take all of that on the road to NYC for the big show!”

The band will spend the next 18 months planning for their Parade appearance. Rehearsals and creative fundraising events will not only bring the school and local community closer together but also prepare the students for the march of a lifetime. To help kick-start the band’s fundraising goal, Macy’s has made a $10,000 donation in support of their march towards the Big Apple.

For more than ninety years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has given thanks to what Macy’s values most –- its loyal fans. More than 5,000 Macy’s employees and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to create a spectacular event that entertains the cheerful crowds and provides joy to millions at home watching on Thanksgiving Day.  Stretching down a more than two-mile-long route in New York City, the spectacle is alive with gleaming color, music and smiles.



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