BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Six Maryland students are leaving Saturday to do just that.
Andrea Fujii spoke with two of them in Baltimore County.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City kicks off the holiday season. One of the highlights of the show is the dancers and cheerleaders of “Spirit of America.”
Dulaney High School seniors Caitlin Walther and Summer Wall were chosen to cheer them on.
“I was really excited to be given the opportunity to have a chance to be in the parade and get to go to New York for six days,” Wall said.
The group is made up of about 2,000 high schoolers nationwide.
As Dulaney varsity cheer captains, both girls applied for the opportunity.
“It’s a big honor because a lot of people don’t get chosen or don’t have the opportunity to go to this big event,” Walther said.
In all, six girls from Maryland are going, including four from Carroll County.
The girls have already learned the minute and a half routine. They leave on Saturday to practice with the entire group and shake off their nerves.
“I just hope I don’t mess up because it is in front of the whole country,” Wall said. “But I’m really excited, too.”
It’s 90 seconds of doing what they love for the entire nation to see.
Performing with “Spirit of America” is not free. It costs about $2,000 to participate.