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"Golden Girls" To Shine In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

From a small town in East Texas to the bright lights of the "Big Apple." An East Texas drill team will soon be shinning in the national spotlight. The Brownsboro High School Golden Girls drill team will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The group has been working hard at learning the routines for the big day for the past few weeks.

"This is like a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Senior Golden Girl, Christy Willard.

Every eight count, twist, turn and kick the Golden Girls rehearse will soon captivate an audience of over 46 million people.


"We got the invitation after a contest that we went to last spring," said Director Maggi Debenport, "My reaction was I have to keep this quiet until I go through the proper channels."
"Their reaction was really quiet when I told them one day in class," said Debenport. "They just sat there. Then you could see the light and the wheels going in their head and they just started squealing. There were some tears there was some hugging, it was great."
"I didn't say anything at first," said Senior Jamie McClure. "(Then) I said 'Oh my gosh you've got to be kidding me!' I can't believe it's happening to us."

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be the largest stage most of the girls will ever perform on. Most have never ventured far from East Texas. The girls say they will be New York City spectators during a time when the nation's eyes are on them.


"I've always seen the Statue of Liberty on TV and stuff and like in movies, but I want to see it up close," said Christy Willard.
"I tell (everyone) 'Oh we're going to Macy's, and we're a little Brownsboro school, it makes me really proud," said Captain Emily Staines.
"I don't think a lot of people really realize how big it is to us," said Jamie McClure. "I'm really nervous."
"It kind of makes me nervous," said Emily.
"I'm really worried," said Christy, "I'm scared of messing up on television."
"It's like the days are counting down and it's getting really really close and the excitment, it's killing me," said Jamie.

With the countdown on and their growing anticipation, these girls say they will put aside their jitters and step out to shine this coming holiday. The Golden Girls will leave for New York City this Saturday. They will practice with the other teams performing at the parade as well as see a few sights around NYC.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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