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Delmarva High School Bands Perform in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

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The Sussex Tech Band gathered for a photo in NYC on Thursday afternoon (Source: WBOC) The Sussex Tech Band gathered for a photo in NYC on Thursday afternoon (Source: WBOC)
The North Caroline High School Band preparing to start their march (Source: WBOC) The North Caroline High School Band preparing to start their march (Source: WBOC)
Photographer Amber Muehlemann shoots video as Evan Koslof Interviews Sussex Tech band members (Source: WBOC) Photographer Amber Muehlemann shoots video as Evan Koslof Interviews Sussex Tech band members (Source: WBOC)

NEW YORK- Thursday was an especially exciting St. Patrick’s Day for two high school marching bands from Delmarva. Both Sussex Technical High School of Georgetown, Del. and North Caroline High School of Ridgely, Md. sent their bands to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. 

Thousands of people gathered on the side of Fifth Avenue, to take in the sights and sounds of the parade, which is in its 255th year. Meanwhile millions of people watched on television, as the Delmarva bands made their international debut.

“It just makes me feel like a part of something really big,” said Sussex Tech freshman Makeleh Williams. “Because this is one of the oldest parades. And the fact that we’re going to be marching in it and people are going to see it.” 

This was a thought echoed by Sussex Tech senior Zack Varrato. 

“We’ve been getting more excited every day,” he said at Madison Square Park, just hours before the parade began. “It’s been building up for quite a few months now. But we know the music, we know the choreography, I think we’re going to kill it.” 

Meanwhile at 44th Street, WBOC caught up with North Caroline senior Katie Kincaid, just minutes before she started her march. 

“It’s pretty nerve-racking,” she said. “But the energy of the people is just kind of radiating on to us. And we’re all really excited. 

North Caroline senior Savannah Bixler said the cheers from the side of the road meant everything to the band. 

“It’s so exciting,” she said. “I’ve been in the band for all four years. And it’s just incredible.” 

North Caroline senior Caitlyn Creasy said the band has become family. 

“They mean everything to me,” she said. “They have been my best friends for all four years of high school. They’ve been there for the toughest times. The best times. And I’m just excited for this. It will be the cherry on top.” 

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