While I may have missed out on the food festivities this year, my thanksgiving was not without celebration. I just enjoyed my thanksgiving holiday in the morning and spent the afternoon travelling! Boyfriend and I spent the early morning hours under the sunny skies of New York City, watching the Macy's thanksgiving day parade.
Having done the New York City new years eve thing once, we were concerned about the sheer numbers of people that would be at the parade. We were told to expect 3.5 million people to line the streets of Manhattan and watch the parade with us. The one thing that we neglected to account for was the length of the parade route. Starting at 77th street and Central park west, travelling south to 34th street and 7th avenue, the parade winds its way over two miles of New York City pavement.
We decided to go uptown to watch the parade, getting off the subway at 66th street and walking to the park. By the time we got there, the sidewalks were pretty full and the police had closed off the street. We stood three or four people back from the barracades, but boyfriend and I have a serious parade watching advantage, we're both pretty tall. There was also another bonus, we came to see the balloons and balloons float. The massive characters were flying high above our heads, everyone could enjoy them even without a good place to stand.
With the sunny skies and the warmer than usual temperatures, we thoroughly enjoyed the parade. Having watched them inflate the balloons the day before, it was fun to finally see them all floating above us. We each had our favorites and waited the whole parade to wave to Kermit the Frog. Once Kermit flew past, we darted out of there and flew away ourselves.