|There goes Snoopy!|
So when Heather & Brett moved to Upstate New York, the gears in Heather's mind were already turning on how she might be able to see the famous parade firsthand. She suckered her parents, Phyllis & Mr. Ed into making the trip to NYC for the holiday and hauled them, along with Brett, down to Central Park Thanksgiving morning.
|Who could get lost wearing neon?|
But everyone knows the main attraction is straight above at the parade! The parade started in 1927 and the first balloon was in the shape of Felix the Cat. Now, 84 seasons of the parade later, the sky was filled with the magical memories of childhood and new images of pop culture, all busting at the seams with helium. It was amazing to see Snoopy, Spiderman and Sponge Bob all go floating by. The balloon handlers could make the images dance or wave just by tugging one or two of the ropes they held on with. Every year the parade introduces new balloons to the lineup, 2010 saw Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Yes, Virginia and Kung Fu Panda added to the roster.
We got to see some celebs too! Fortunatly, just behind us were a couple of teenage girls perched on a ladder who not only had a great view, but had that high pitched shriek that only a Tiger Beat cover model could appreciate. We knew the moment someone famous was in our vicinity and it was time to get out the camera. To be honest, some of the folks we didn't recognize...but we took pictures anyway.
|Miss USA, Rima Fakih|
|Singer Keri Hilson|
|Cast of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush|
|Jessica Simpson...her float stopped right in front of us!|
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is like any sporting event, you'll always have a better view watching it on television. Sure, you'll catch the commentary explaining the floats and the history of the balloons and you'll probably learn a little about the back story to the celebs waving to you. But there is something special, almost magical, to see it go by in person! It's an amazing experience that you shouldn't pass up if you ever get the chance to go.
Plus, watching from the street means you don't have to worry about static interfering on the television from the hand-mixer...