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McDowell High School will participate in 82nd Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Members of McDowell High School’s marching band will be putting their feet to the Chicago streets during the 82nd Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The group was pre-selected for the honor by the parade committee based on their performance and competition records in February. They were specifically selected by the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Committee as a school in the Southern U.S. that would represent the parade and the event itself in a positive manner, according to band director Jenny Lanier.

This Monday, 158 students will leave from McDowell headed to Chicago, where they will march in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators.McDowell High School’s Marching band will be featured along 21 different bands from across the country and among four new bands that will march in this year’s parade.
They will also have the chance to perform beside of Chicagoland’s favorite musical marchers, including Navy Band Great Lakes, Kelly High School, Marist High School, Western Illinois University and Rich South High School.
For those not in Chicago, the parade is nationally broadcast, live, on WGN America.
The 2015 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade takes place live on State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street in downtown Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26 from 8 - 11 a.m. (CST).
Originally called the Christmas Caravan in the 1930s, the parade was created in 1934 to help lift the spirits of residents suffering through the Great Depression. Since then, it has developed into a full-scale spectacle that celebrates the holiday season. What once started out as an attempt to boost Chicago's economy has evolved into a cherished holiday tradition for Chicagoans and Americans alike. Actor, writer, director, producer, and star of Broadway In Chicago's “Sherlock Holmes,” David Arquette will serve as the Grand Marshal of this year's parade.
Arquette will be joined by co-host and judge on Fox Network's hit cooking competitions, MasterChef and MasterChef Jr., Graham Elliot. This year's lineup also includes over 100 diverse and remarkable groups plus Honorary Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald, Chicago's favorite fun-loving bird and Parade mascot, Teddy Turkey, and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Story by Staff Writers of The McDowell News (see story)

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