One of highlights of our trip to New York City over Thanksgiving was the chance to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our hotel was right on the Parade route and we only had to stand outside the door to see the balloons sail past. We were having brunch when the parade began, but we made it outside in time to see Papa Smurf fly by.
From our vantage point, we couldn't see anything until it actually passed us, but we could hear when something great was coming by listening to the crowds begin to cheer.
I loved the way it looked like this dragon was peeking out from behind the sky-scraper:
Gordy figured out that the parade pattern was: band - float - balloon. We weren't close enough to see the bands, but we certainly heard them and we saw most floats.
We were soon joined by Ned and Zach:
and then Josie convinced Gordy to pick her up so she could see the band:
... and Zach picked Georgia up so she could see as well:
Mickey Mouse flew by:
And Greg Heffley:
And the Pillsbury Dough Boy:
We watched the parade for about an hour and then went off the Central Park Zoo. We felt so lucky to have had the opportunity, to see in person, what we've only ever before seen on television. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is a truly unique piece of Americana.
When we drove home on Sunday, we asked everyone to rate their favorite activity. Josie and I put the parade at the top of our lists and it made Gordy, Georgia and Henry's top 3.
That's a ringing endorsement in my book!