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The Fabulous Fillies Dance Team Officers from Grapevine High School have been selected to perform in the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. EST. This will be the 20th year for the officer line to participate in the parade. 

The Fabulous Fillies officers will be dancing with the Spirit of America Dancers in a high energy, contemporary routine to a Lady Gaga music montage, wearing black and white themed costumes. The production number includes 650 performers from all over the country and is a featured performance in Herald Square.

The Spirit of America Dancers are tentatively scheduled to appear in the second half of the parade. The two and a half mile long parade is known for its giant, whimsical balloons, massive floats, celebrity entertainment and appearances, accomplished dance and cheer groups, celebrated marching bands and its annual grand finale – the arrival of Santa Claus.

“It is an honor and a Fabulous Fillies tradition for our officers to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day celebration,” KayLynn Renfro, the 28-year director of the Fabulous Fillies, said. “This is the 20th year that our officers have dedicated their Thanksgiving Break to participate in this iconic event.”

The Fillies officers received an invitation to participate in the parade after earning Gold Circle honors at the MA Dance Officer Camp this past summer. All five of the officers and their director will travel to New York City for five days of practice and sightseeing before the parade performance on Thursday. The Fillies are scheduled to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square and 5th Avenue. They will also attend the Broadway musical “Bring It On: The Musical” and the Radio City Musical Hall “Christmas Spectacular” performance, featuring the Rockettes.

“So many of us grew up watching the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving morning,” Jennifer Janicki, Fillies Captain, said. “None of us thought we would one day have the privilege to travel to New York City to be part of our country’s Thanksgiving tradition.”

Press release courtesy of the Grapevine High School Fabulous Fillies

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