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Pearl City High School band performs in McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade


The Pearl City High School "Charger" Marching Band performed today at the 81st McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Illinois.

The parade, which is the second largest Thanksgiving parade in the nation, took place on State Street in the heart of downtown Chicago. The parade featured marching bands, floats and thousands of performers from around the country.

"The Pearl City High School "Charger" Marching Band is honored to participate in this prestigious event, which will allow us to share our aloha spirit with parade viewers from around the world," said Chad Kamei, director of bands at Pearl City High School. "We look forward to bringing the talent of our hardworking high school students to the national stage, and hope that our family and friends back at home join us by watching us live on the online broadcast."

As the only marching band in the parade representing the state of Hawai'i, the Chargers performed two selections, including the "Hawaiian War Chant" and "Mele Kalikimaka". In addition to roughly 100 participating high school students, the traveling group included hula dancers from Halau Hula Olana, director of bands Chad Kamei and Pearl City High School principal Aaron Tominaga.

Pearl City High School was selected to participate in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade based on the history and legacy of the school's marching band program, and its past performances in parades such as the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In addition to participating in the parade, the students will also enjoy several educational activities while in Chicago. This includes visits to the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium.

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