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The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band marches down Broadway at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band marches down Broadway at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band play for spectators at the review stand of the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band play for spectators at the review stand of the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The Scooby-Doo balloon rounds the corner of Broadway and 34th Street at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23.  The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band participated in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The Scooby-Doo balloon rounds the corner of Broadway and 34th Street at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23. The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band participated in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band rounds the corner of Broadway and 34th Street at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band rounds the corner of Broadway and 34th Street at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band rounds the corner of Broadway and 34th street at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY,, Nov. 23,
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

The U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band approaches the corner of Broadway and 34th street at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, N.Y., Nov. 23, The band performed in various venues in New York throughout the week in celebration of the Air Force's 60th Anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (AFPN) -- The cold and rain didn't stop the residents of New York City from lining the streets for this year's 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 23.

The soggy weather also didn't stop the U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band from participating.

"We were here as part of the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force and to spread the message about the Air Force and military in general," said Master Sgt. Randy Ward, band member.

The parade began at 77th Street and Central Park West. When it reached Columbus Circle, it turned onto Broadway and ended at 34th Street, next to the Macy's department store.

Spectators at the event said the Air Force looked great and that they were glad to see the military in the parade.

"They were awesome," Meridith Hornick said. "This parade is so exciting. It's probably the most exciting parade I have ever been to."

"It's great to see the Air Force out here. It sounded really great," Kristina Alexander said.

The Air Force Academy band is comprised of active duty servicemembers but some cadets did participate in the day's festivities.

"It was a great experience to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," Cadet 1st Class Angela Sheffield said. "Although it was cold, wet and a little windy at times, it was a good experience. I think we will all remember it forever."

The band will also be appearing on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, Nov. 24.

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