As the famous song about NYC goes, "if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere." Two New Hartford girls have made it to the Big Apple to strut their stuff in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Maggie and Bella Stephens were selected to perform out of hundreds of children who auditioned. They'll be part of a cast that includes 128 children from 104 cities across the country.

Performing is nothing new for the girls - they've been acting, singing, and dancing since they were little. Maggie, who is 15, has been in a few off-broadway productions and recently played the role of LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. Bella, who is 14, recently played Miss Hannigan in New Hartford Masque’s production of Annie Jr. Both girls have dreams of becoming professional performers.

According to the girls' mom, Julie, what makes the performance even more special is that "they will be part of an ensemble of kids that are performing to honor veterans like their grandfather, their Uncle Tim, my Uncle Mario, and my Uncle Dean. So excited for them and thrilled that they get to use their talents to honor our heroes."

The ensemble will perform Irving Berlin’s “This Is A Great Country” in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featuring an ensemble cast of children, ranging in age from 9-16, who represent immediate family members of active duty military personnel, veterans, reservists, wounded warriors and fallen heroes from all the branches of United States Armed Forces, according to a press release from Macy's.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 23, 2017. 

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