Ringing in the New Year with a cheer
PORTLAND, Maine — A Mainer is going from firing up the crowd in the Deering High School gym to the cheering on streets of London.
Kassidy Plummer will pound the pavement with 1,000 other American cheerleaders in London’s New Year’s Day parade, an event that draws a crowd of 300,000 people and is televised all over the world.
“We have to learn a dance and we’re performing it seven times,” says Plummer. “I’m in the first dance.”
The Deering sophomore has been cheering in Maine for twelve years. This past summer, she was one of three girls at the Portland Area Cheer Camp to be named an All-American, which qualified her for the chance to cheer in London.
Plummer’s been practicing her moves, and she’s ready to show off her skills to the world.
“It’s a really great opportunity because Maine is not really noticed for anything,” says Plummer. “Going over seas and performing for everybody is amazing.”
The London New Year’s Day parade will begin at noon in London, 7 a.m. Eastern Time.