Benton High School Cheerleaders & Danceline At Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dec 2, 2019

600 DANCERS - The Lady Tigers Danceline from Benton High School were among 600 dancers from across the country to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Credit Courtesy: NBC Television

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE - Today is Thanksgiving Day and among the many American traditions taking place this morning is watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This will be the 92nd holiday parade which winds through the streets of Manhattan and will wind up in front of the iconic Macy’s Storefront.  It will be televised to millions and can be seen on the  NBC television network…this is the 67th year for the network to broadcast this event.

Benton High School Lady Tigers Danceline will perform near the finale of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Credit Courtesy: Lisa Burns

This year holds a special significance for viewers in Northwest Louisiana as Benton High  School’s  Tiger Girls Danceline and Cheerleaders have been selected to perform at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I spoke with some of the young ladies after rehearsals yesterday in New York and  one of the Adults who traveled with the group to give some details behind the trip. 

"I'm here as a mom of one of the dancers,"said Lisa Burns who explained that in addition to hours of rehearsing, the girls have also had chances to explore some of the signts in the Big Apple. "They've seen a Broadway show, they've seen the Rockettes, the Statue of Liberty, the 911 memorable, all kinds of great opportunities they've had."

Jocelyn Ortego, Senior Captain for Benton High School Lady Tigers Danceline.
Credit Courtesy: Candace Dance Company-Facebook

Jocelyn Ortego is Senior Captain for Benton High School's Tiger Girls Danceline. She added the experience is one-of-a kind.  "It's an absolutely huge once in a lifetime experience," said Jocelyn. "So far we've been practicing a whole lot getting ready for the parade and we've had time to experience New York itself."

The danceline will perform near the parade finale just before Santa makes his appearance.The Macys Thanksgiving day parade lasts about 3 hours will be broadcast on your local NBC affilated television station.