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Local Athletes Jump in 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

When the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on November 25 in New York City, over 100 jump rope athletes from across the country will participate in the pageantry of the parade.


Included among the jumpers will be local athletes from Jumpin’ Jaguars including Rachel Yarano, a graduate of South Warren High School, Zoe McNeily, a graduate of Greenwood High School, and Maggie Shirley, a Greenwood High School Junior.


Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group will appear under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade).  Jump Rope is a competition sport that has been featured on television on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” ESPN Sports, Fox Sports, and other programs. 


These outstanding athletes will showcase their talent in the Macy’s Parade alongside giant character balloons, celebrities, floats, marching bands, performance groups, and clowns.  This will be the fifth time for this group to appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It will be the first time for athletes Zoe and Maggie as well as Coach Dee McNeily and second time for Rachel.


The group will be featured in a live one-minute segment broadcast on NBC national television with an estimated 50 million viewers.  This choreographed TV routine, built around the 112 athletes performing a complex inter-connected double-Dutch matrix, flanked on both sides by a single-rope routine, will include national and world jump rope champions.  This group traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for a practice over Labor Day weekend, where they spent the two days in intense rehearsals to synchronize their movements and interaction.


Broadcast nationally by NBC, this is the official kick-off to the holiday season. Be sure to tune in at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day morning and watch the J.U.M.P. athletes from all across the nation in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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