Pecos HS cheerleaders represent New Mexico in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Pecos HS cheerleaders represent New Mexico in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Pecos HS cheerleaders represent New Mexico in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

PECOS, NM — The Pecos Panther cheerleaders are excited for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“We’re super excited to be here, it’s just surreal right now, everything is getting real,” Daniella Chavez said in an interview Wednesday night.

A group of six Pecos High School cheerleaders were selected to perform alongside more than 700 cheerleaders from across the country during the parade. The group includes Chavez, Anthony Hughes, Natalia Montoya, Kristina Ragland, Linda Sanchez and Lauren Vigil.

“I’m so excited for the adrenaline rush and the thrill because it’s really, nothing compares to the feeling of playing in front of so many people,” Chavez said.

The group arrived in New York a few days ago. The team says their flights were delayed to get to New York, so they had to drive straight from the airport to their first 4-hour rehearsal. The entire cheerleading squad rehearsed 8 hours a day before the parade.

“The choreographers are very strict about how your moves are and stuff like that, so it’s really tedious,” Chavez said.

“They want everything to be perfect, so the cameras get a good shot of everyone,” Vigil added.

The team says they’ll be on the left side of your screen Thursday morning – somewhere in the 3rd and 4e Lines.

Getting to New York was its own battle. The team only had a few weeks to raise nearly $20,000 for registration fees and travel expenses.

Team leaders say the Pecos community has really stepped up to help by contributing to several bake sales and fundraisers.

“It was humbling, like because we’re not really recognized as cheerleaders because basketball is our primary sport, but everyone was very supportive,” Sanchez said.

The team also made sure to enjoy their time in the Big Apple. They visited the Empire State Building, attended Broadway shows and visited other tourist attractions. They also got stuck in the subway for a few minutes.

“You could say we’re tourists here in New York, because we look so lost,” Vigil said.

Although they won’t be home for Thanksgiving, the team says they’re more grateful than ever for everyone watching at home.

“We just want to thank our community for helping us through all of this. We couldn’t be more grateful, we wouldn’t be here without them,” Chavez said.

Gallup’s Miyamura High School Star Dance Team will also represent New Mexico in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ayinah Eddie, Alyea Chico and Mikayla Scott will represent the Navajo Nation.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade begins at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning on KOB 4.

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