MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — For months, the Madison Central High School Marching Band has prepared to perform on their largest stage yet: the Macy's Day Parade.
Thursday morning in New York City, they will have that chance.
Senior band member Liberte Mack explained, "I'm excited for what we're about to do today in front of all these people. I can't wait for them to see us perform."
You may remember the band from their "light's out" performance (https://www.lex18.com/news/covering-kentucky/madison-central-marching-band-gives-lights-out-performance-raising-money-for-parade) at a competition at Morehead State this Fall.
The band director David Jaggie said their preparations (https://www.lex18.com/madison-central-band-prepares-for-macys-day-parade) have been strenuous but he said the students rose to the challenge.
After their final rehearsal on Thanksgiving morning on the streets of New York, Mack said, "I feel ready. I feel like everyone's hyped and excited about it and so I'm not worried about anything really."
As the sixth band in the parade, the band is scheduled to perform anytime between 10:58 and 11:08 a.m. EST.
"I really want to see, like, a little kid and, like, their reaction to our band and maybe, like, hear one of them say, 'Oh, I want that to be me one day!' That would, like, really melt my heart," said Mack.
The band members had breakfast at Hard Rock Cafe after their rehearsal Thursday morning.
"I'm definitely going to eat a lot of food and I'm gonna take a nap and be ready to go!" said junior Jackson Tipton.
"I feel a lot better after the practice we had this morning. I'm just really excited to see everyone," explained senior Nia Chancellor.
The annual parade will air on LEX 18 News stating at 9:00 a.m.