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November 1, 2013

Cherokee National Youth Choir in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Oklahoma: The Cherokee National Youth Choir will travel to New York City and sing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It's the second time the Cherokee National Youth Choir has been invited to the parade. The choir participated in 2007.


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“We are thrilled to be invited back to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said choir director Mary Kay Henderson. “It is very humbling, and our students take the opportunity very seriously. They know they are representing the Cherokee Nation on the parade route.”

More than 4,000,000 people attend the nationally-televised 2˝ mile parade. Henderson said it's something the 28 choir members will never forget.

The group practices weekly and has held numerous fundraisers. The tribe will underwrite the majority of the trip.

Founded in 2000, the Cherokee National Youth Choir keeps youth interested and involved in their culture and  language. They have produced 11 albums, with the most recent being "Cherokee America" in 2012.

The legendary band Foreigner has sold over 80,000,000 albums worldwide. They performed with the Cherokee National Youth Choir on September 12, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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