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Girl from Kennewick will perform in Macy's Day Parade

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November 15, 2012 -

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Millions of people watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year, but have you ever imagined being in it?

Well a few days before the holiday, a girl from Kennewick will fly to New York City to represent Washington in the nationally televised event.

Lizzi Phillips is a captain on Southridge High School's color guard team. During football season, it's hard to miss her tossing flags at the games.

"I love performing," Lizzi said, "just being out on the field is what I really love, like, football games, we're what makes it colorful, we do a routine with the marching band every year, constantly flagging. I love doing it."

But it's more than performance, five of her sisters and her mother are involved in color guard. 

"It's a way for them to have something linked together," said Jill Phillips, Lizzi's mother, "other than just being sisters, you know? They have a common interest."

Earlier this year, Lizzi got the chance to nationally pursue her passion. She applied to be one of 50 color guard members to perform with the Great American Marching Band in the Macy's Day Parade.

"I really didn't think I was going to get it," she said, "because there was a lot of people who applied for it."

But her family was confident she'd succeed. In 2007, her older sister performed in the same parade.

"I think she'll do fine," said Kristin Phillips, Lizzi's older sister. "Knowing that my little sisters want to kind of follow in my footsteps is a great feeling."

So now, Lizzi is flying to New York to start rehearsing.

"It's exciting, I stuck with it and it paid off in the end" she said.

So this Thanksgiving, be sure to look for Lizzi as the Great American Marching Band and color guard cross your screen. You might just see a little piece of home.

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