Two from N.C. march in nation's capital parade

Posted July 3, 2010 7:59 p.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2010 8:03 p.m. EDT

— Two groups from the Tar Heel state will mark Independence Day in the nation's capital.

The marching band from Union Pines High School in Moore County and the equestrian drill team from Equestrian Arts Institute in Mebane will march in America's National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

The parade steps off at Constitution Avenue at 11:45 a.m. and features bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian and drill teams and celebrity participants.

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A national selection committee judges participants on quality with an eye towards selecting at least one representative from each state.

The 150 members of the Union Pines band will spend the weekend in Washington, D.C., seeing the sites and watching the musical and fireworks display on the national Mall.