Just over a year after participating in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago despite budget cuts that threatened to rain on their parade, the band is off to the Big Apple to march in New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
“We’ve been trying to build up our experiences to gain more of a national profile in the last few years,” Band Director Casey Eubanks said to the Cherokee Tribune.
According to the Tribune, only one other Georgia high school will be represented in the 250,000-strong parade, which will stretch from 44th St. to 79th St. along Fifth Ave. in the heart of Manhattan. Houston County High School will be the other representatives from the Peach State.
After marching in the parade, which will be held on March 16, the band plans to visit many tourist sites in the area, such as the former site of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, but the Band of Chiefs will not be in the limelight until roughly 12:20 p.m. To watch the parade as it happens live, tune in to online streams at www.nycstpatricksparade.org or www.wnbc.com.