Katy Perry Lights Up New York's Fleet Week

Before her 'Part of Me' concert, Perry tells MTV News, 'They deserve to celebrate, and they deserve to be celebrated.'

Katy Perry brought her patriotic sprit to New York's Fleet Week, lighting up Pier 9 in Brooklyn for a special concert for troops. Members of the sea services stepped off their ships to enjoy a rousing show, with Perry sparkling in an American flag-style dress.

When MTV News caught up with Perry moments before she took the stage at the waterfront Pepsi Fleet Week Katy Perry "Part of Me" Concert, she said she was thrilled to put on a show in their honor: "I think if anyone deserves a party, I think it's probably the people in service. They are the ones that are actually deployed and protecting us from all the bad guys, and they deserve to celebrate, and they deserve to be celebrated," she said. "I've always heard about Fleet Week in New York; I've never been a part of it. It's really exciting to see a lot of seamen in white, but they all look gorgeous. It's kind of vintage-y feeling and really patriotic, and I love a theme. So, it's really cool to be a part of this and be entertaining for them. I think that it's appropriate to go out there in a little dress, and they're all in uniform."

Perry performed her hit songs "Teenage Dream," "Part of Me," and her newest single "Wide Awake," which was written for her upcoming 3-D movie, "Katy Perry: Part of Me."

Yet, the highlight of the night was when Perry chose one lucky U.S. Marine from the crowd to join her onstage to recreate the iconic WWII photo of a sailor's kiss in Times Square. A 20-year-old Marine was more than happy to oblige, planting a big kiss on the pop star in front of a screaming crowd.

"I'm sure that they all have cabin fever, so I'm going to bring the one that has the most cabin fever onstage," Perry said. "I have cabin fever, for crying out loud!"

Perry's new flick, "Katy Perry: Part of Me," hits theatres July 5.

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