ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany cheer squad is practicing for a National Competition.
Albany Cheer Explosion will compete in the Mardi Gras National Competition in New Orleans this weekend.
The junior and senior squads are made up of more than 50 cheerleaders from 5 to 18-years old.
Both squads won first place at the Diamond Cheer competition in Albany last month to qualify.
"I'm so excited for both teams," said Ashley Chunn, Senior Explosion Cheer Coach. "Last year was the first year with the senior team and this year it's the first season for the junior team. So for both teams to go New Orleans and represent themselves, their family and also the city of Albany it's just going to be an overall great experience."
The squad is leaving Friday morning and will return Monday.