New Year's Day is the day the Nacogdoches High School Marching Band has been looking forward to for over a year. They'll be marching in the 119th Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.
Aside from a few students who caught a virus and couldn't make the trip, those who are well, are now where final preparations are being made on the Rose Bowl Parade floats. After this week a 'rose' will take on an entirely different meaning for these youngsters.
Nacogdoches High is one of only 22 marching bands selected to participate. There's no guarantee of a television appearance, but we're hopeful no commercial will block band members around the world debut. Rose Parade chairman, CL Keedy III said, " There will be about 800,000 people lining the streets of Pasadena the morning of the first and that's the live audience that morning. We, of course, are broadcasting to millions of homes around the United States and over 200 different countries and territories around the world. "