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The Sy Katz ’31 Parade

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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, 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 21st marching 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

Tickets: Buy directly in advance through Columbia University Athletics or at the Stadium on game day.
Cornell seating is general admission.

Transportation: Coming Soon!

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

Details Coming Soon!

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

The Parade

All alumni, parents, friends and families are welcome to participate. Registration for the parade coming soon! You may partipate in the parade even if you do not attend the game.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 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 outside of the Cornell Club - New York on 44th Street

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

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

Grand Marshals: Ezra Cornell '70 and Andrew Tisch '71

PLUS: Second ever "Little Red Parade" (for 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.

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"! Details and registration coming soon!

Please contact Raechel Szymanski at 212-692-1381 or

Coming Soon!

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

Location TBD. Registration coming soon.