MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's an annual tradition and now a Kentucky high school marching band will be part of it.
On Wednesday, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff announced Madison Central High School's marching band will perform during the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
It was a surprise for students who thought they were meeting to discuss the theme for the upcoming marching season.
"It was really shocking and I was sitting up there with my friends and it was just perfect," said freshman, Abby Davis.
For the first time in the school's history, Madison Central was selected as one of nine marching bands to take part in the holiday tradition.
"Winning the state championship multiple years, we knew they would be excellent choices to represent Kentucky," said Wesley Whatley, creative producer for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Students will be in New York for a week taking in the sights of the city before the big day.
"It's 3.5 million people on the route, 50 million at home on television," Whatley said. "For most of these kids, that kind of exposure on TV, that kind of educational experience, is something that will be unrivaled in their career."
Many students consider this an opportunity of a lifetime.
"I just keep thinking about the future and telling stories to my grandkids about how I got to watch it and how I got to march in it," said freshman, Jackson Tipton.
Band directors will create a new routine specifically for the parade. We are told there will be fundraisers ahead of the trip.