The San Luis High School marching band will ring in the new year "across the pond" come 2021.
The band was invited to march in London’s 2021 New Year’s Day Parade and Festival.
“We were all really excited,” said SLHS band member Ana Estrada when asked how the students reacted to learning about the invitation. “It’s the first time in high school we have gotten to travel as a band.”
The parade, which travels through the streets of London every New Year's Day, features more than 8,500 performers with a global television audience of more than 450 million.
Marching bands from 16 American schools will be represented in the parade. San Luis High School will be one of them.
It has the potential to be a life-changing week in the historic city as students get to visit museums, historic sites and places of architectural and artistic interest.
“The thing that makes [San Luis] stand out is that they get it,” said British dignitary Bob Bone, who is the co-founder and Executive Director of the parade, and extended the invitation. “They are all about entertaining. What we always say about our event is that it’s the greatest parade in the greatest city in the world."