For most families, Thanksgiving is all about tradition.
And for the Green family, a rather unique tradition has begun.
Megan Green, a 10th-grader at Brownwood High School, will be part of the flag corps in the 80th Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day.
Last year, Megan’s sister Katie marched in the Great American Marching Band, and played clarinet in the Macy’s Day Parade, an experience, Megan said “that was really awesome.”
The Green sisters have grown up watching the Macy’s Day Parade, and Megan said, after she saw her sister was able to earn a spot on the band, she was eager to also try out for the flag corps.
“I just knew it would be cool and fun,” Megan said.
Fifty dancers from across the United States are chosen, and Megan was chosen as one of the 50.
To audition, Megan said she had to enter a video of her performing, and she chose to enter the routine she’d done at contest last year, “because I knew it really well and it had some really good tosses.”
And because her sister had been through the process, Megan said she knew it would be a lot of anxious waiting to hear if she’d made it.
But the news came, she’d been accepted.
Parade participants will go to New York almost a week before the parade to learn their routines and get the final fittings on their costumes.
“It’s a lot of practice, and a lot of hard work,” Megan said, “but they try to make it as fun as they can. We get to see a lot of things in New York, take tours, see some shows. I can’t wait.”
Megan and Katie, a 2007 Brownwood High School graduate, are the daughters of Beth Green and the late Jeff Green. When Katie was chosen to march in the parade, she and her mother sat down and made up a plan for the fund-raising. A participant needs about $2,000 to cover the cost of travel, uniform fees, specialty make-up and sundry expenses.
When Megan was chosen, Beth Green said, they had a plan in place.
“I’ve been selling candles as a fund-raiser, already,” Megan said, “just like Katie did.”
Also, Beth Green’s mother, Andrea Igoe from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is making a quilt for her granddaughter to raffle, just like she did for Katie.
“We hope to have the quilt by the time this year’s football season starts, and we’ll be selling raffle tickets up through Brownwood’s last game of the season,” Beth Green said.
Also, an account has been set up at USAA Federal Savings Bank in San Antonio, for those who would like to make a donation for Megan’s trip. The account number is 43809685, and checks or money orders can be sent to USAA Federal Savings Bank; Attention Bank Priority Mail 9861; 10750 McDermott Freeway; San Antonio, TX 78254.