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The Sy Katz ’31 Parade

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Alumni Affairs and Development
Northeast Corridor Office
230 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY
10169 | 212-351-7660

The Shortest Parade with the Longest History in New York City

When Cornell Football plays Columbia on our rival's turf, Cornellians take to the streets of New York!

Sy Katz ’31, an avid supporter of all things red and white, fell in love with the Big Red Band in the 1970s. He decided that Cornell’s band needed its own parade. With the help of friends at the Cornell Club, he managed to get a police permit to march one city block. Over the years, the tradition has taken on a life of its own, but the mission remains the same: to give the band a time to shine.

Join Alice Katz Berglas '66 and Bob Katz '69 for the 40th year of the Sy Katz '31 Parade! Make some noise, share some fun, and show the Big Apple what the Big Red is made of! (Kazoos and pom-poms will be available!)

The Game

Kickoff: 12:30pm
Columbia University, The Lawrence A. Wein Stadium, 218th St. at Broadway

Cornell seating is general admission.
Purchase your tickets online from Columbia University, or buy them at the Stadium on game day.

A charter bus leaves from The Cornell Club at 11:00 a.m. & returns immediately after the game.
$20 per person. To reserve your seat, contact the Cornell Club at, or call 212-692-1381.

All-Alumni Pre-Game Tailgate
Sponsored by the Cornell Football Association and the Office of Alumni Affairs

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Columbia University, Baker Athletics Complex, Softball Field, 533 W. 218th St. at Broadway
Cost: $20 per person / Free under 13 years old
Food, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks provided*
Register here.

*In accordance with Columbia Univeristy policy, guests may not bring their own alcoholic beverages.

The Parade

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (After the Cornell vs Columbia Football game)

4:30pm - Gather at Rock Center North Plaza | 5:15pm - Parade begins | 6:15pm - Big Red Band concert

From Rock Center North Plaza at Rockefeller Center (Between 50th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) to The Cornell Club- New York (44th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues)

All alumni, parents, friends and families are welcome to participate. Register for the parade and see who's coming here! You may partipate in the parade even if you do not attend the game.

Featuring: The Big Red Band, Cornell cheerleaders, and hundreds of alumni

Grand Marshals: Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell NYC Tech; Cathy Dove, Vice President, Cornell NYC Tech

Honorary Grand Marshals: 1972 - 1984 Big Red Drum Majors (led the first ever parades with Sy!)

NEW: First ever "Little Red Parade" (for 10 years old and younger) in celebration of what would have been Sy's 100th birthday. Bring your just born, your Bjorn-borne, and your young Marchers as they follow the Big Red Band down Fifth.

Meeting place map:


The Parties

All-Alumni "Tailgate"

Immediately following the parade, gather with old friends or make new ones at the Cornell Club's post-game "tailgate party"! Enjoy traditional tailgate favorites including, a slider bar, baked potato bar, chili station, "Big Red" wine, and Ithaca Beer and more! Please visit our website for complete details

Adults: $28 per person (inclusive of tax, gratuity, and one drink)
Children: $18 per person
Tap & Grill open to all alumni
Cash bar

Register by Tuesday, November 6th. The post-game party sells out every year, so early registration is encouraged! Please contact Kerry Strassel at 212-692-1381 or

Boneless buffalo wings, dipping sauce and baskets of crudite
Salmon cakes, fingerling potatoes
Chili Bar: choice of beef and vegetable chili, oyster crackers and sour cream
Slider Bar: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and pulled pork sliders. Served with accompaniments
Baked Potato Bar: served with accompaniments
Vegetable Focaccia sandwiches
Chef’s Selection of assorted desserts

Young Alumni Reception
Keep the party going with other recent grads! All are welcome to attend. Must be 21+

Eamonn's Bar and Grill, 9 East 45th Street, New York, NY

No cover charge. Lite fare provided, cash bar. Register here.