A Piece of Nebraska In Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

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On Thanksgiving Day, it's almost as important as the turkey, and during this year's Macy's Day Parade, some local performers will show off their skills.

During the parade, there's always plenty of dancing and singing, and of course there's the huge ballloons, but this year, there will be a part of Nebraska too.

Sue's Stepperettes out of La Vista will be performing in front of the Macy's store. "Everyday our little tummies are getting more and more butterflies," said Coach Sue Foehlinger. "It's just an amazing opportunity so we're getting excited."

There are 113 girls and one boy who will perform their batton routines and march down the streets of New York City. It takes a lot of hard work and practice to get this far. "It's tremendous pride, I have to tell you, and the dedication has just been unbelievable, and the parents have pitched in, in so many ways," said Foehlinger.

One of those parents is Julie Simon of Omaha. "It's goose-bumpy, it is just goose-bumpy," she said. "I can't even explain how exciting it is, and thrilling it is, to be a person standing there, watching my own child march in the parade."

Her daughter is 13-year-old Molly Simon, who's been performing for four years. During the parade, she'll be one of the snowflakes. "It's really fun, and I get to be with my friends, and now I get to go to New York," she said.

Leah Woodland, now 23, has been a stepperette since she was seven. "We're so excited, it's a big opportunity for us," she said. "We've been traveling a lot with these girls and our team, but never to represent Nebraska in this way."

She says the girls have been marching to Christmas music in the streets of La Vista, since September, but it will all be worth it on November 25.

"It's going to be so exciting to walk through the streets of New York and really think back to when we were walking through the streets of Nebraska, right next to the studio," said Woodland. "It's going to be a big accomplishment for us."

The Stepperettes will head to New York City on November 19th. They will be wearing outfits with rhinestone collars. Each collar has 700 rhinestones attached, and the stepperettes' parents helped glue each of them on individually.

Foehlinger says the group was one of only a select few chosen, after filling out a 15-page application a year ago.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on Channel Six, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 25.