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The Sy Katz ’31 Parade

Saturday, November 15, 2014


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

Show your big red pride in the big apple.
150 years of Cornell. Five fun-filled events. One day.


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 42nd year and 22nd 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!

The Game

All-Alumni Pre-Game Tailgate

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Join the Cornell Football Association, NYC Cornellians and Alumni Affairs for an all-alumni and friends tailgate before the Big Red Football team takes the field against the Lions! Includes catered lunch. BYOB.

Time: 10:00 a.m
Location: Parking Lot B,Baker Athletics Complex, Columbia University
Cost: $25 per person (Free for current CFA members, children 12 and under)

Please contact Kevin Sackett for more information.

Cornell Big Red vs Columbia Lions Football Game

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, The Lawrence A. Wein Stadium, 218th Street. at Broadway
Tickets: Cornell seating is general admission.

Purchase your tickets from The Cornell Club for $10 each.
Buy directly in advance through Columbia University Athletics.
Buy them at the Stadium on game day.

Transportation: Charter bus service at 11:00 a.m. from The Cornell Club-New York. Returns immediately after the game. $20 per person. To reserve your seat, contact the Cornell Club at or call 212-692-1381.


The Parade

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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Important Parade Day Details Here

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (After the Cornell vs Columbia Football game)

4:30 p.m. - Gather at Rockefeller Center North Plaza
5:15 p.m. - Parade begins
6:15 p.m. - Big Red Band concert outside of the Cornell Club - New York on 44th Street

From: Rockefeller Center North Plaza (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

"Sesqui" Grand Marshals: Ezra & Andy
Ezra Cornell IV '70 and Andrew "Dickson" Tisch '71

2012 parade

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"

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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, chili station, “Big Red” wine, Ithaca Beer, and more! Please visit our website for complete details

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

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

A cash bar will be available in the Big Red Tap & Grill. Advance reservations required by Friday, November 7th, at which time they are considered final sale. The post-game party sells out every year, so early registration is encouraged!

Young Alumni Reception

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Keep the party going with other recent grads! Walk on over to The Long Room to continue the celebration with the Classes of 2014 through 2005. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available as you meet, catch up, and network with friends. Must be 21+

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Long Room, 120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Cost: Free to attend; open to the first 150 young alumni who register online and check in at the door

Questions: Contact Pat Burns '09

General Sy Katz '31 Parade questions? Please contact Ilana Carlin at or 212-351-7685.