The Tyler Junior College Apache Belles will be kicking off the holiday season in Lone Star style at the 69th Annual H-E-B Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Apache Belles are feature performers in the parade and will perform their high-kick routine at the “performance stop” in front of the grand stands.
“This will be the 19th year for the Apache Belles to perform in this parade,” Apache Belles Director Jasilyn Schaefer said. “We’re proud to spend our Thanksgiving sharing a bit of TJC friendliness and hospitality with the people of Houston.”
Apache Belles artistic director/choreographer is Christy Evans. Performance and outreach coordinator is Victoria McKinney.
The parade will be televised live beginning 9 a.m. Thursday on KHOU in Houston. Livestreaming will be available on KHOU.com and the KHOU Facebook page.
Parade grand marshals will be Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
The parade has long been a Texas tradition and is the largest parade in the state, attracting crowds of up to 400,000 along the parade route, in addition to those watching on television.
Along with the Apache Belles, there will be floats, hot air balloons, marching bands and, of course, an appearance by Santa to get the holiday season started.
For more on the Apache Belles, go to tjc.edu/belles.