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The Sy Katz ’31 Parade

Saturday, November 12, 2016
New York, NY

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Alumni Affairs and Development
Northeast Corridor Office
230 Park Avenue, Suite 1510
New York, NY 10169

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 Cornell, 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-New York, 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 Big Red Band a grand time to shine.

Show your Big Red pride in the Big Apple for a day of fun-filled Cornell events!

Cornell University and The Cornell Big Red Marching Band invite you to the 44th year and 23rd marching of the Sy Katz '31 Parade!

Featuring Cornell University Provost Michael Kolikoff as Grand Marshal.

The Game and Tailgate

Big Red Tailgate at Columbia - Hosted by the Johnson School and Cornell Athletics

Join friends of Big Red Athletics, The Johnson School, and NYC Cornellians for a fun-filled tailgate before the Big Red Football team takes the field against the Lions! Includes catered lunch, beer, and soft drinks.

10:30 am
Location: Parking Lot B (Northeast corner), Baker Athletics Complex, Columbia University
Cost: $25 per person
Registration opening soon; check back for details!


Please contact Kevin Sackett for more information.

Cornell Big Red vs Columbia Lions Football Game

Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, The Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, 218th Street. at Broadway
Tickets: Cornell seating is general admission.


Transportation: A charter bus service is available at 11:00 a.m. from The Cornell Club-New York. The bus returns immediately after the game. $20 per person. To reserve your seat, click here or contact the Cornell Club-New York at 212-692-1381. Advance reservations required by Friday, November 4th.

The Parade

Alice Katz Berglas '66, Bob Katz '69, and Penny Haitkin '65, hope you will add your spirit and join hundreds of Cornellians of all ages. Make some noise, share some fun, and show the Big Apple what the Big Red is made of! All alumni, parents, friends and families are welcome to participate. You may march in the parade even if you do not attend the game! See Who's Coming.

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Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (After the Cornell vs Columbia Football game)


5:00 p.m. - Gather site to be announced
5:30 p.m.- Parade begins
6:30 p.m. - Big Red Band concert outside of the Cornell Club-New York on 44th Street

Times/sites are tentative/approximate and subject to change. Check this website and with staff the day of the parade for up-to-date-info

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


Plus: “Little Red Parade" (10 years old and younger). Bring your just-born, your Bjorn-borne, and your young Marchers as they follow the Big Red Band down Fifth Ave. Parents may accompany their children as they march in the Little Red Parade.

No other Ivy has its own parade in New York City!


2012 parade.

Meeting place map:


The Parties

All-Alumni "Tailgate" | 6:30pm | The Cornell Club New York


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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, and chili station!

$30 per person ($18 for children under 12), inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Full Details & Tickets Available Here

A cash bar will be available in the Big Red Tap & Grill. Advance reservations required by Friday, November 4th, at which time they are considered final sale. The post-game party sells out every year, so early registration is encouraged!


For game tickets, transportation, and reservations to the post-game party, please contact the Program Department at 212.692.1381 or

Young Alumni Reception
Join Young Alumni (classes 2006 – 2016) for appetizers and drinks after the parade!
Eammon’s Bar and Grill
7:00 pm Register to Attend

General Sy Katz '31 Parade questions?

Please contact Lily Carbonara at or 212-351-7682.