Tune in to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday and you may see some familiar faces.

Fairbanks North Star All Star cheerleaders will perform in the parade, representing the Golden Heart City and Alaska. This is the second time the group has been asked to participate, invited by Spirit of America Productions. They were in the parade in 2017, as well.

Fourteen local athletes flew to New York City and are getting a taste of the Big Apple. Their schedule is full: they will visit the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Museum, there are plans to see the “Christmas Spectacular” starring the Radio City Rockettes, and the Broadway musical “Frozen.” The rest of the time, they will be busy rehearsing for the parade.

This group of young athletes trains at the North Star All Stars gym on the Old Richardson Highway. Currently, there are 86 youngsters enrolled in classes. The studio regularly travels to competitions and brings home national titles. Recently, one of the youngest teams was named 10th best in the nation.

On parade day, the young athletes have to be at their designated location at 4 a.m. Parent chaperones will also be up early, staking out a spot along the parade route.

While performing, these athletes will walk about 2.5 miles along the parade route, along with about 8,000 other participants.

The 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is televised on NBC and watched by more than 50 million people nationwide. In Fairbanks, tune in to KTVF Channel 11. It begins at 9 a.m.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.