For many families, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a holiday tradition. But the 90th rendition will hold special significance for one Lithia family.
This is William Tucker’s first year in the Newsome High School marching band, and the freshman’s first year playing alto saxophone in the Macy’s parade in New York City.
“I’m super excited for it,” he beams. “We have a bunch of great people here who help us prepare for this big moment. Many of us won’t be able to live this moment again.”
Newsome is just one of eight high school bands in the entire country to march in the Macy’s parade, and the only one from Florida.
But there’s much more to this marching band story.
“My grandmother, who I never met, on my father’s side, also marched in the parade when she was young, so it’s kind of special for me to continue that!” says William.
Also at practice: William’s mom, Janet, who has an even bigger reason to burst with pride.
“I was about 9 years old, and I marched in the parade too!”
This was William’s first time learning about his mother’s time as a majorette.
“I didn’t know that! That’s pretty cool. I have a grandmother and my mom who marched!”
All three generations, and perhaps another, way down the road, bringing a slice of the Sunshine State, and a family tradition to New York for the whole country to see.
Janet says her son will be waking up at 1:30 Thanksgiving morning to practice and get into formation. The band will go on at exactly 10:08 a.m.