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Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Macy's Thanksgiving Day To Remember

As a child, it was tradition to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in our house.  Until Nathan was born, I never thought about driving to New York City to watch the parade live, but like most kids, we knew he would love watching those massive balloons, listening to the bands, and taking in all the other spectacular parade performers. 

The primary obstacle to executing this idea has always been the people.  This year, the parade officials anticipated an estimated 3.5 million people were going to line the streets of the parade route. That's more than New Year's Eve!  Obstacle number two ~ Danny hates crowds.  So, if we were going to attend this parade, I had better figure out how to get some bleacher seats.  Yes, there are some sections along the route where people with tickets can sit and enjoy the parade away from the crowd. 

Without getting into any detail, just days before the parade, I was notified that we indeed would have seats for the 85th, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!!  I seriously had tears in my eyes when I received the news.  I knew Nathan would love watching the parade and so would I.  What a dream come true.

The logistics of getting the tickets and getting there early were a little challenging, but where there's a will, there's a way!  We spent the night at a friend's house in the City, and on very little sleep, headed to the parade at 6:00AM.     

Nathan and Martha
It was a 30 minute drive in the morning, so we arrived really early for the parade, which was scheduled to begin around 9:00AM.  We needed to park on the East side of the parade route, so we could leave without much fuss and we wanted to park on the street.   If we had parked in a garage, it very well could have take an hour just to get our car out.  We lucked out and were able to find parking two blocks from our seats! 
We hung out in the car to stay warm for a while before venturing out.
The weather was nice considering it was the end of November, but we were bundled up anyway.  Our seats were terrific - just steps from the parade; with an unobstructed view of the performers. 




This is the start of the parade.



What I love most about this picture, is that you can actually see the floats as they're coming down the route.  The pictures that follow, are a small selection of the collection I took.


He loved the balloons!  They are enormous in person.





The cutest smile of the day!









Neil Diamond was on this float ~ taking pictures of the crowd!



look at how many people it takes to walk with these floats!




I love this picture.
I waited for the torch, that's carrying our service men and women, to be in front of these buildings.
They reminded me of the Twin Towers




The parade was amazing!!  Having seats made all the difference.  I would never go without them.  There's far too many people to dodge and it's almost impossible to see everything unless you're in the front or standing on top of something.  I did see people carrying buckets, so I assume that's what they were for.

We even made it home for Thanksgiving dinner!  What a day!