Austin all-female marching band appears in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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Ann Richards School band to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo AISD Arts)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Some Austin high school students had some fun in the Big Apple Thanksgiving morning.

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders’ Marching Stars Band was selected from over 100 applicants to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Marching Stars are the only all-female competitive marching band in the nation and they are the first all-female marching band to be invited to the Macy’s Parade.

According to Band Director Stephen Howard, Macy’s only selects one band per state and only 10 bands total each year out of hundreds of applicants.

The band’s appearance has been years in the making. The Austin Independent School District Arts department first announced it in March 2019. The Marching Stars were set to perform in 2020 but the appearance was canceled because of a scaled back 2020 parade.

The band dazzled as they walked down 34th Street performing Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

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