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Victoria middle-schoolers to perform in Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade

By KBell
Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.

Victoria middle-schoolers Samantha Salazar, left,  and Chloe Cisneros will perform at the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade.

HOUSTON THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

This is the 62nd annual holiday parade.

The parade will be broadcast live on Houston's CBS affiliate on Thanksgiving morning.

It will be syndicated until Christmas in households throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Almost 2 million people are expected to view the parade on TV.

Two Victoria middle-school students will spend this Thanksgiving performing in front of 400,000 people.

Samantha Salazar, an eighth-grader at Stroman Middle School, and Chloe Cisneros, an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Victory School, were invited to perform at the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade with the United Cheerleading Association.

The girls tried out at separate UCA camps and qualified to perform with the other All Stars cheerleaders from across the nation.

"I want to meet new people and go through the experience of performing in front of a lot of people," Samantha, 13, said.

Besides marching in the parade, they'll stop to perform a routine for a section of VIP guests, including their families.

Chloe let on about what she was most looking forward to - "shopping and meeting new people," the bubbly 14-year-old said.

The girls will arrive in Houston on Tuesday and between rehearsals will visit the Space Center Houston and shop at the Galleria Center.

After the parade, they'll have a special Thanksgiving lunch with their fellow cheerleaders and chaperone, Stephanie Soto, who coaches cheerleading at Stroman.

Soto called the chance to perform at the parade a privilege for the girls, who beat out other cheerleaders for the opportunity.

"I think it's a big honor for them," she said.

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