Houston-area teens set to take part in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Lauren Freeman - Anchor

HOUSTON - The Houston area will be well-represented at Thursday's 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

From a young musician, to young dancers to a jump rope team, this year's parade on NBC is a must-see.

Cypress Woods High School student Matt Stephens was chosen to play in Macy's Great American Marching Band. The senior euphonium player and all-state musician is one of 185 high schoolers chosen from across the country.

"They sent me a special invitation asking if I wanted to be in the Macy's band," said Stephens.

The invitation arrived on his birthday, so during his special dinner he asked his parents if he could go. Despite the $1,800 price tag, they said yes.

"I want to take in the excitement of having that opportunity to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," Stephens said in anticipation of his performance.

The Stratford Spartanaire Dance Team is a young, athletic and energetic group who is also thrilled to be representing Texas in the parade.

"This is something we'd been planning for about a year, so we were really excited to get the invitation," said Astrid Gonzales, the team's coach.

After doing well at contest, the Spartanaires were invited to perform on national TV on Thanksgiving Day.   

"I'm so excited," said Annie Hodges, a 10th grade Spartanaire. "It's an opportunity that I'll never have again being in New York with all of my friends."

In addition, two talented members of the Highflyers Jump Rope Team will be braving the cold in New York City.

Patrick Anaemejeh and Kalisa Brisco, both sophomores, were chosen to represent their team.

"I'm very excited," said Anaemejeh. "I can't wait to go represent my team and go jump with 200 other jumpers.

"It's crazy," said Brisco. "I've never dreamed of even going there. I didn't know the opportunity was available to be able to go."

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade airs on KPRC-TV beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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