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12/2/04-Tyler

Local Cheerleaders Return From Hollywood Parade

Decked out in their Hollywood sweatshirts, the Moore Mustang cheerleaders are ready to watch their national TV debut. They performed in the cold on the Hollywood Walk of Fame among the stars -- both humans and the ones bearing celebrity names lining the street.

"We practiced a few times in the street, and I heard people saying, 'The parade's started! The parade's started!'" Myles Sloan, the school's mascot, said. "Everybody was just taking pictures. And you saw flashes everywhere and video cameras."

The squad marched to patriotic music for three miles with nearly 300 other cheerleaders from nine states.

"For me, it went by really fast because it was really fun to see all the different people," Jenny Green, a cheerleader said.

"I got tears in my eyes," Lana Cain, the squad's cheer coach, said. "I'm such a nut. But I just love watching the kids perform because they worked so hard."

Stealing the spotlight was Sloan, who says he was the only school mascot in the parade.

"Everybody wanted to wave at Mickey Mouse and stuff," Sloan said. "They didn't even know who I was. They just thought I was a horse. Everybody wanted to wave at me and shake my hand and stuff. It was really fun."

Some of the students' family members flew to Hollywood with them and watched from the sidewalks.

"I just want to rewind and go back to that time," Thornell Lewis, another cheerleader, said.

"It was fun in Hollywood, but I like it better in Tyler, in a small town," Hannah Bosley, the cheer co-captain, said.

Nonetheless, they have tons of photos and home videos to remember their once-in-a-lifetime experience, seen by spectators around the country.

The Moore Mustangs marched with celebrities, like grand marshal Magic Johnson, the man who plays George Lopez on the ABC sitcom, and a crowd favorite, Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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