Carly Rose Sonenclar, runner-up on season two of the singing competition TV show "The X Factor," was honored by her hometown, Mamaroneck, with a parade Sunday.
Starting at 2:45 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue, the 13-year-old was escorted down Mamaroneck Avenue in a black convertible alongside Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum.
The parade, which attracted hundreds of fans and supporters, lasted for about 45 minutes, with the Saints Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps of Port Chester among the organizations taking part in the festivities.
After riding in the parade, Carly Rose took to a reviewing stand, where she waved to fans as the parade proceeded down the avenue. Members of the crowd erupted in cheers each time they got a glimpse of the reality TV star.
Carly Rose spoke to the assembled crowd, professing that she was "really bad at speeches" before giving sincere thanks to all her fans. Although the crowd often erupted into chants asking her to sing, she did not perform.
At a news conference at Molly Spillane's after the parade, Carly Rose spoke to Newsday Westchester about adjusting to life in Westchester County post-"X Factor."
"It's definitely a big adjustment," the teen said. "But it's nice to see everybody again after that crazy experience, and I think I'm just starting to figure out what I'm going to do next."
Well-wishers from all over Westchester County turned out, as well as people who knew the young singer before she was a TV star.
Teresa Castaldo, 53, of Yorktown, was Carly Rose's sixth-grade teacher. She described her as "an A student and an awesome kid." Castaldo was impressed by Carly Rose's "X Factor" run.
"Through this whole process, she kept her composure, poise ... and conducted herself like a lady," Castaldo said.
Hannah Backer, 14, came from Yonkers to cheer for the teen singing sensation.
"I love Carly Rose so much. Her voice is so soulful and talented," Backer said. "We can't believe we're actually going to see her."