The Pride of Oklahoma debuted the new red uniform coats in New York City on Thanksgiving Day in the Macy’s® Thanksgiving Day Parade. The previous red coats were retired after Coach’s last season in 2000, and this is the first time in seven years that The Pride has appeared in public all in red. The new coats feature an interlocking “OU” logo on the front in white parquet, with “OKLAHOMA” on the sleeves in white embroidery on a black background with gray piping. They sure did look sharp on two national television broadcasts!
First up was the coverage from CBS, called the “CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade” because NBC has the rights to the name “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and to the performances in Herald Square. The Pride appeared on CBS approximately one hour and 55 minutes after the coverage started, and showed the band playing Fight for OKU in Times Square. Here’s the video from the CBS broadcast—you can hear The Pride behind an interview long before you can see them. Be sure to listen to Dave Price and Hannah Storm after the commercial break as they’re unable to distinguish between Oklahoma and another Big 12 (heck, Big 8) school.
CBS’s position was about 20 minutes ahead of NBC’s Herald Square performance platform at the end of the parade. The Pride appeared on NBC approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes into the parade coverage, and while they definitely looked good in high-definition in those new red coats, we do wish NBC had shown more of the band members actually marching. It would have been nice to actually see those shiny new matching trombones!
Congratulations to all Pride members and staff, who should all be back in Norman by now preparing for rehearsals for Bedlam just 36 hours from when we post this. This is certainly a week they’ll be talking about for many years—the members traveled over 3600 miles in the past week representing OU and Oklahoma, and those who performed in the Texas Tech band have logged an astonishing 4400 miles in just one week for The Pride. We couldn’t be more proud of the way they’ve carried on our tradition!