Maine-Endwell student performs in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
11/26/2012 (Updated 10:54:33 PM)ENDWELL -- It's not everyday you get the opportunity of a lifetime. But, when it does, you have to jump, or in Mackenzie Gannon's case, sing at the chance.
Gannon, a senior at Maine-Endwell High School, was part of a group of 136 Stagedoor Manor studens from all over the world that sang and danced the grand finale at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"I will never forget this. I'm very lucky to have had this opportunity," said Gannon.
Gannon said she wasn't that nervous, but was surprised at how quickly the minute and fifty second routine went.
"You're looking at everyone in New York City surrounding you, you think, 'Did we just perform? Is that all over? We've rehearsed for 24-hours and that was it?' You don't even realize that you did it because you were in the moment the whole time," said Gannon.
Having this chance to sing and dance in front of millions nationwide is a step in the right direction for this aspiring Music Theater Major.
"It's something that I love to do and I definitely want to make a career out of it," said Gannon.
Gannon is a member of the Honors Women's Choir and Wind Ensemble. She has participated in numerous All-County Bands and Area-All State Choirs.
This weekend she will be in her second NYSSMA All-State Chorus in Rochester.
This is the fourth year consecutive Parade performance students from Stagedoor Manor has participated in.
This year the cast performed the number "Santa By The Book" from Macy's new program "Yes, Virginia The Musical."
Everyone also wore a red cross over their heart to honor those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
"We wanted to bring joy to everyone who is going through a hard time right now and we hope that's what we did. Still bringing the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas to people even when they've lost so much," said Gannon.
Gannon said she's very grateful to have the love and support of her friend and family.
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