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Pride Travel Fund


The Mountaineer Marching Band has been selected to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! “The Pride of West Virginia” was selected from 175 applicants as one of 10 bands, and the only collegiate band, to march in to the 2016 edition of the annual holiday spectacle.

“The Pride” will represent both West Virginia University and West Virginia in a parade with more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. The band will join other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons and superstar performers this Thanksgiving creating an unforgettable experience for “The Pride” and Mountaineers nationwide.

Come Thanksgiving Day, “The Pride” will have spent 18 months preparing for its Parade appearance. In addition to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “The Pride” will travel to FedEx Field to perform at the WVU vs. BYU football game, as well as concerts and parades throughout the region. The Pride Travel Fund helps to support all of these trips. Please consider making a gift to this year’s travel fund as “The Pride” prepares for the march of a lifetime.

“The Pride” is seeking financial support to help offset the costs of this once in a lifetime experience including: use of nine charter buses, hotel rooms and meals in New York City for the nearly 400 member band. Please consider making a gift to the Pride Travel Fund as we prepare for this historic event.


Donor Recognition

As a thank you for your generous support to the Pride Travel Fund, all donors will receive a special Pride of WV magnet.

  • Donors of $100 or more will receive a Pride of WV CD.
  • Donors of $250 or more will receive the CD and a Macy’s Edition Pride of WV ball cap.
  • Donors of $500 or more will receive all of the above, a Pride of WV lapel pin and an invitation to the Morgantown KeyNotes Concert.
  • Donors of $1,000 or more will receive all of the above and a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade commemorative photo.


Ways to Give

  • Online
    Make a gift through an online form
  • By Phone
    Call The University Fund staff at:
  • By Mail
    Send your check (payable to WVUF - Pride Travel Fund) or credit card information to:

    The University Fund
    WVU Foundation
    One Waterfront Pl - 7th Floor
    PO Box 1650
    Morgantown, WV 26507

  • Monthly Installments
    A recurring monthly credit card gift is an easy and affordable way to ensure your support for West Virginia University. Charges will occur on or about the 10th day of every month. Your gift(s) will be ongoing until notified in writing to terminate or change. To sign up for monthly installments, please contact The University Fund staff at 304-284-4094

Parade Info

Be sure to tune in to NBC on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET to watch the 90t Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as “The Pride of West Virginia” marches through the streets of Manhattan in this lasting tradition.