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Vt. teen to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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SWANTON, Vt. -

Shelby Meunier is taking her musical talents to the Big Apple, marching down New York City streets in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"I just love the big balloons and the excitement, and I really like the marching band and I've always wanted to be in the parade," she said.

This will be the Swanton teen's first time in the city that doesn't sleep, and it sounds like she won't be doing much of it.

"We have to wake up at 2 a.m. to rehearse our pieces and start marching and get into the routine," Shelby explained.

Her band director at Missisquoi Valley Union, Aron Garceau, says Shelby's not just representing the school, but the whole state.

"There are students representing each state in the nation and Vermont is sending only one, and that's Shelby. It's pretty stiff competition," Garceau said.

Those competitors are now band mates. This year, they're playing the popular Macklemore song "Can't Hold Us."

As for Shelby, she's looking forward to seeing one float in particular.

Shelby Meunier: The Sesame Street float.

Reporter Steve Bottari: How come?

Shelby Meunier: I love Sesame Street, always loved it, used to watch it all the time when I was little.

That is as long as the weather doesn't stop Big Bird and friends in getting from Sesame Street to 34th Street.

Students have to submit an audition video to earn a spot in the Great American Marching Band. From 14,000 high schools across the U.S., only about 250 performers are selected each year.

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