Rangerettes-Inauguration

Kilgore College Rangerette Lt. Bailey Stark (foreground) leads the team onto the field during a halftime performance at a Kilgore High School game this year. The Rangerettes are representing Texas today in the Presidential Inauguration, doing so virtually as a part of a live-streaming event called the Parade Across America. The Rangerettes have appeared at every Presidential Inauguration since the first inauguration for George W. Bush.

The Kilgore College Rangerettes are performing for the Presidential Inauguration today, but in far different fashion than usual, in a global pandemic.

The Rangerettes will represent Texas in today’s inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, in a live streaming virtual parade event that everyone may view online at Bideninaugural.org/watch. They’re calling it the Parade Across America.

The inauguration, of course, can be viewed on television, as well, but to for certain see the Rangerettes, it will be necessary to watch that streaming broadcast.

The Rangerettes’ performance was pre-recorded.

The time listed for the virtual parade to begin is 2:15 p.m. Central, and the Rangerettes – performing here locally and streamed for the world to see – will be a part of performances from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Inauguration activities begin at 9 a.m. Central / East Texas time, and can be viewed at that address, and on their channel on DirecTV, 201. The broadcast is listed to begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30.

“We are honored to represent Kilgore College, Texas and the United States of America tomorrow in the virtual inaugural parade,” reads a post on the Rangerettes’ Facebook page, Kilgore College Rangerettes. “Thank you to the Biden Inaugural Committee for allowing the Kilgore College Rangerettes to be a part of this historic event. Join us and so many others as we Parade Across America.”

Along with the post is a photo of a letter of invitation for participation in the event that the Rangerettes received from the Biden Administration.

The parade will be hosted by actor, director and producer Tony Goldwyn. The release says it will feature a Dance Across America, which will include performances by 275 participants.

Performing for the Presidential inauguration is a regular honor for the Rangerettes, who did so at inaugurals for Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush, as guests of the Texas State Society.

Read more about the event in the News Herald’s Saturday edition.

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