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McCallie School's pep band, the Tornado Winds, will perform in London New Year's parade this weekend.

McCallie School's pep band, the Tornado Winds, will perform in London New Year's parade this weekend.

The band will be among more than 8,000 performers from around the world performing Sunday for more than 500,000 spectators on the 2.2-mile parade route.

The 31st New Year's Day Parade & Festival will be streamed live online at www.lnydp.com from 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. EST on New Year's Day.

Earlier this week, Tornado Winds members flew to England to see some of the sights in London and prepare for their performance under the direction of Brent Alverson, McCallie's director of instrumental music.

In March, former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster Duncan Sandys visited McCallie to formally invite the Tornado Winds to participate in this international event.

"This is a once in a lifetime experience; you will be surrounded by history and culture throughout your stay in London," Sandys said to the band during his visit to Chattanooga. "This is something you all will carry with you all the days of your lives."

If you miss seeing the parade live, cable/satellite network RFD-TV will show LNYDP 2017 on Monday, Jan. 2, from 7-10:30 a.m. before the network's Tournament of Roses Parade coverage. Several cable and satellite systems carry RFD-TV. Check www.rfdtv.com for details about how to find RFD-TV in your area.

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