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Grain Valley High School band prepares for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The Grain Valley High School Marching Eagles are getting ready to perform in the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Natalie Davis/KCTV5 News) The Grain Valley High School Marching Eagles are getting ready to perform in the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Natalie Davis/KCTV5 News)
The band has prepared for months, and students are excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Natalie Davis/KCTV5 News) The band has prepared for months, and students are excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Natalie Davis/KCTV5 News)
GRAIN VALLEY, MO (KCTV) -

The Grain Valley High School Marching Eagles are getting ready to perform in the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band has prepared for months, and students are excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“These kids have sacrificed so much and I think they'd tell you that it's completely worth it,” band director Reid Atkinson said.

But there is some uncertainty going into the massive event which draws millions of people every year.

ISIS recently called the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade an “excellent target.”

KCTV5 News reached out to Macy's about their concerns, and they say they're working with the New York Police Department and federal agencies to implement an extensive security plan. Here Macy's full statement:

Macy's works closely with the NYPD and federal law enforcement agencies each year to put in place comprehensive security plans for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our interagency partners lead security efforts along all areas of the Parade route and we are in constant communication with these agencies as they actively monitor and evaluate parade security. As with any public event in New York City, security elements are extensive -- from the very visible presence of law enforcement officers to wide-ranging behind-the-scenes security operations. The safety of our participants and spectators is the top priority for us and our agency partners.

The Grain Valley High School Marching Eagles have chosen to march ahead, not letting fear get in the way.

“If you're fearful, you're not enjoying what's actually going on right now,” junior Jenny Selaya said.

They plan to soak it all in and playing their hearts out for the world to see.

“I'm excited for all the people that are going to be there. Our parades aren't that big. So I'm really excited to see what that's like,” senior Nathan Thresher said.

“It's weird because it still hasn't really sunk in,” senior Vanessa Bautista said. “I'll probably just be in New York and be like, 'Oh my God! I'm in New York.”

The band leaves Sunday and has a tour of New York City planned, including trips to the National September 11 Memorial and the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

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