Gamma Phi Circus is proud to announce that they will be performing with Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award winner, Billy Porter, at the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2019, in New York City. Tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving morning to witness this once-in-a-lifetime performance by Gamma Phi Circus!

Billy Porter is an award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright. He began his theater career in 1991 and has been performing on Broadway ever since. He is most recently known for his roles on FX’s Pose, in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, and for his red-carpet fashion. At the 2019 Emmy Awards, Porter made history by becoming the first openly gay Black man to win an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Pray Tell in FX’s Pose.

Throughout the past year Gamma Phi Circus has been celebrating their 90th anniversary and is honored to finish out this year-long celebration by performing in front of their largest audience ever with Billy Porter at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

If you would like to help send Gamma Phi Circus to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please consider making a donation to All donations will be used to help fund travel expenses for Gamma Phi Circus performers and coaches.

If you would like more information contact Rainie Themer, Gamma Phi Circus program director, at 309-438-2937 or

3 thoughts on “Gamma Phi Circus to perform with Billy Porter at 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  1. Abigail says:

    Just saw my school, ISU’s, circus on the Macy’s Day Parade!! Super awesome job guys, even with all that wind, go Redbirds!!

    1. Greg Litchfield BS Math ‘73 says:

      I’d like to know: how far into the 3 hour coverage did they appear? I have it recorded, but I’m not really interested in watching it with the close attention I’d need,

      1. Rainie Themer says:

        Hi Greg! Their performance was at about 10:45am.