The Rosemount High School marching band just got some big balloon-related news.
They have been selected to march in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
It's been nearly three decades since a band from Minnesota marched in the parade, the Star Tribune says. Forest Lake was the last to do so in 1989.
Every year the parade is watched by 3 million people in the streets, and 50 million on TV, said Macy's.
Rosemount is one of 10 bands selected from from over 175 applications based on stage presence, musical and marching abilities, reported KMSP.
“Rosemount High School marching band is one of the preeminent marching ensembles in the state of Minnesota,” said Wesley Whatley, creative director for the parade, according to Rosemount Town Pages. “The band’s innovative and creative approach to each field show inspires audiences across their region and we are excited to see them wow the crowds of New Yorkers and millions more on television Thanksgiving morning in 2017.”
Only four other participating bands have been announced so far.
Even Gov. Mark Dayton was present for the special announcement.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the Dakota County Sheriff's Office gave their congrats via social media.
“It’s the equivalent of an NFL team going to the Super Bowl,” student Adam Shew told WCCO.
The band has been nationally recognized before – they marched at the Rose Bowl in 2014.
One of the band’s directors, Bo Hoover, explained to Rosemount Town Pages that students who were freshman in that parade will be seniors in the 2017 Thanksgiving parade.
Hoover also said the band will do a lot of fundraising before next year so that all of the students can participate.