PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, November 18, 2011

Santa Barbara Native Maddie Sokolove to Perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa Barbara’s own Maddie Sokolove (Laguna Blanca, 13) will sing and dance in the opening number for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, alongside 140 of her fellow Stagedoor Manor students.

The number – an all-new original song written specifically for the event – will be a special celebration of the famed Parade’s landmark 85th Anniversary. Following the opening, the students will then make their way to the top of the Parade route and march the entire length of the Parade, eventually escorting Santa Claus into Herald Square for the NBC national telecast’s finale. This year’s appearance will mark Stagedoor Manor’s third consecutive Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance.

Perhaps the most iconic annual event in the history of broadcasting, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationally on NBC-TV to an estimated 50 million viewers and is widely considered to be the “official start of the Holiday Season.” It will air from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 24, 2011.

More than four-hundred Stagedoor Manor students apply for the opportunity to participate in the Parade. This year’s participants represent 27 states, as well as Canada, Jamaica, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia. Participants will come together for the first time in New York City just three days before the Parade, and will learn the entire routine in a quick twenty-four hour rehearsal period.

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