The North Carolina A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine

The Blue and Gold Marching Machine to Perform in Mardi Gras Parade

The North Carolina A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine will spend Tuesday, Feb. 9 performing in the famed Rex Parade and participating in Mardi Gras activities in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Marching Machine was formally invited by the organizers of the parade to participate in this year’s festivities.

"It is a tremendous opportunity for the A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine to perform on another world class stage. These performances reflect the talent, style and overall coordination of the band under the excellent leadership of Dr. Kenneth G. Ruff and his senior team,” said Dr. Melody Pierce, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

More than 200 band members, accompanied by staff and chaperones, will travel to New Orleans to explore the historic city and perform. Students and directors have spent additional time in practice and anticipate an exceptional performance.

The band will also have the opportunity to experience some of the sights, sounds and cuisine of New Orleans and Mardi Gras through various tours, cruises and self-exploration.

Since its inception in 1872, the Rex Parade has been considered a highlight of Mardi Gras daytime festivities.

The band is expected to return on Feb. 10.