Two Cherokee natives will be among the participants in one of the most famous and watched parades in the world.
The Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif., will feature five college marching bands, including the marching band of South Dakota State University at Brookings.
The marching bands of the schools that are Rose Bowl competitors are always in the parade and a few others participate by invitation.
The SDSU marching band, also known as 'The Pride', is the only band not from a school in the Rose Bowl football competition that has been invited back to participate a second time in the parade.
The Pride includes over 350 members, including two graduates of Washington High School in Cherokee.
Tricia Langholdt, a 2004 graduate of WHS, is a member of the flag squad. Tim Habeck, a 2005 graduate of WHS, is a tuba player.
Langholdt is majoring in Psychology and Early Childhood Development with plans to teach. Habeck is a Pre-pharmacist major.
Another Pride member with Cherokee connections at the Tournament of Roses Parade will be Cory Koster, who attended school in Cherokee for a time before his family moved to Minnesota. Another connection that he has with Cherokee is the fact that he is engaged to fellow Pride member Tricia Langholdt.
The band members flew out to California on two chartered planes on Thursday and will have a variety of activities in the Los Angeles area before their return.
They will not be doing any partying on New Year's Eve, a time designated for resting before the big event on New Year's Day.
The tournament of Roses Parade will be broadcast from 11 a.m. to noon Central Time on ABC.
They will have a party on New Year's Day evening aboard the Queen Mary.
Activities also include performances besides in the parade itself. These include performances at Band fest at Pasadena City College, at the Santa Monica Pier and at Disneyland.