Galveston Independent School District students wanting to celebrate the Houston Astros World Series win can do so with a note from their parents, district officials announced Thursday.

Students with a note from their parents will receive a half day excused absence to attend the Astros’ victory parade in downtown Houston and other events, officials said.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. today at the intersection of Smith and Lamar streets in downtown Houston, eventually concluding with a celebration in front of Houston City Hall.

The news came after Houston Independent School District officials canceled classes today in anticipation of the parade.

“Our hometown heroes are World Series champions for the first time in franchise history,” Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza said. “This is a memorable moment for our city and a time to celebrate, especially after the challenges Houston has faced over the past several months.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday declared today Houston Astros Day in Texas.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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