HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The West Harrison High Hurricane Band is ready to take New York by storm. On Thursday, band members found out they've been invited to march in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Parade representatives dropped by the school to personally deliver the surprise announcement.
"It's a good morning. It's about to be a great morning. I believe it's time that you guys get the national attention you deserve," said Wesley Whatley, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Creative Director.
The excitement reached a crescendo as 180 band members realized they were about to make history.
"I am emotional. I'm crying," said senior Kayla Crissinger. "I can't believe I'm going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade."
West Harrison was one of only 10 schools invited to join the holiday revelry out of nearly 200 applicants from across the country.
"We're all very, very proud, awesome," West Harrison High Band Director Tim Garrett told his students.
As part of the honor, the band received a drum head with the Macy's Parade logo.
"I just looked around and everybody's boo-hooing. It was awesome. I can't believe it. I'm so proud," said Kayla.
The magnitude of the opportunity to perform in front of more than 50 million viewers and spectators sank in as the students celebrated.
"This is a band kid's dream, making the national stage and having millions of people wake up and see you on TV. So it's really big. I'm so excited," added sophomore Jenari Taylor.
West Harrison will be the first school in the Harrison County District to participate, and the fourth high school band from Mississippi to march in the Macy's Parade.