Nov 23, 2012 7:28 PM by Erin Steuber

UL's Pride of Acadian returns home with more than just memories

UL's Pride of Acadiana marching band returns to Lafayette. The nation got to experience a little bit of cajun culture as the band performed in the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The UL Pride of Acadiana marching band was welcomed home with open arms. Band Director, Dr. Brian Taylor, says he is so thankful for everyone who helped make the trip possible, so the band could show the world what Acadiana has to offer.

"The experience of being there in New York City with all of the people screaming for u,s singing along with us as we came down the street," said Taylor. "It's just extremely satisfying to see the hard work of these students paying off in such a rewarding way."

One of the band's trumpeters, Eric Gaudet, won the 2012 Bob Hope Scholarship. The award is given to one band member, in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, that best reflects the values, and attributes, Bob Hope represented to millions of Americans.

"It's completely overwhelming. I had no idea about any of it," said Gaudet. "When I won the award it was surprising, and I had a rush of emotion. I called my parents they, were ecstatic about it."

Gaudet secured a $5,000 scholarship for himself, and an additional $5,000 for the UL band.

"I have a lack of words of how proud I am and how overwhelmed we are," said Taylor.

This was the Pride of Acadiana's second trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band marched for the first time in 2005 , and will be eligible to return in five years. The Pride of Acadiana was the only band selected in the state.



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