The Madison Central Marching Band stormed onto national television Thursday as part of the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

After being introduced by NBC’s Al Roker, the band wowed the audience with a performance of “Animal” by the band Maroon 5, complete with the color guard in full body animal print, twirling matching flags.

Madison Central was one of 11 marching bands in the parade, groups that spanned from Tucson, Ariz., to St. Petersburg, Fla.. Madison Central is the largest band in Kentucky history, according to the Macy’s Parade website.

The band had to perform on a cold and windy day in New York City — windy enough that while the balloons that make the Macy’s Parade famous were allowed to fly, they had to stay low to the ground.

Handlers had difficulty navigating a slightly deflated Ronald McDonald balloon through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 28. BY STORYFUL

But the Kentucky band was part of a lineup that included Billy Porter, TLC and performances from the Broadway shows Hadestown and Beetlejuice: The Musical.

Madison Central won some well-earned Kentucky pride on Twitter during their performance, including from local politicians. Josh Hicks, a candidate running in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District, tweeted his support for the band as did Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The band was followed by a Spongbob Squarepants balloon.

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