November 28, 2010

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!!!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:25 PM by inspirationsbysd

I just came back from a great long weekend which I spent with my family in NYC. I loooove this city I still wonder what it would have been like had I accepted the university in NYC’s offer instead lol but no regrets since I still go there whenever I can!

Our trip this time was a bit short, and was “kid friendly” since my nephew joined us, it was his first time in the States so he had a blast! My highlight of the trip was attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!! I have been planning this trip around the parade, and did my research on it so I knew enough on how to attend and how to get the best view etc.

First of, a little about the parade:

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has become an annual tradition that people wait for on Thanksgiving day, I used to watch it as a kid on T.V! The first parade was in 1927 and since most of Macy’s employees were first generation immigrants they felt the need to celebrate Thanksgiving and show their pride in now being American. It was not as big and elaborate as the parades we see now, it was mainly the employees walking down the streets wearing vibrant costumes.The balloon characters were introduced to the parade much later and has since then become a fixture of American culture . Every year Macy’s introduces new balloon characters to the line up as well as invite celebrities (musicians/actors) to perform on the floats during the parade.

Here are some of the pictures I took during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2010:

 

The first Balloon!

The cast of Sesame Street!!! πŸ˜€
Marching bands

Kanye West

Jessica Simpson

Joan Rivers
Santa

Here are some tips for attending the parade:

1) Wear layers, it gets pretty cold especially since you’ll be standing there for over 3 hours and it can reach 4C or 2C

2) Be prepared to set your alarm clock at 4 am the night before! Yes people start lining up as early as 6 am (the parade starts 9 am EST)

3) check the parade’s route before you plan your trip, we stayed in a hotel that was close to the parade (in central park south) so we didn’t have to walk much to get a good spot.

4) When you get there, keep asking the police officers if you are in the right place. There are vip areas as well as handicap areas and you don’t want to be standing in the wrong side only to find out when it is too late!

5) The parade starts at Central Park West and ends at Macy’s that is where the musicians perform, the best view of the parade is in Central Park 72nd to 60.

6) Bring a blanket, to place on the floor while waiting for the parade to start and to reserve a spot, and to wrap the little ones in.

7) Get “hand warmers” they are little satchels when you open them they heat up and retain the heat for up to 10 hours, I wore gloves and had the hand warmers in my pocket but my fingers were still freezing!

8 Β ) Bring an umbrella with you, because it might rain and the parade keeps going no matter what the weather conditions are!

Luv,

Sara D.

2 Comments »

  1. Didi said,

    wooow that parade sounds so interesting! i loved the customs! so creative! its actually nice to live that moment with all those people it feels nice . im glad u enjoyed it ;* yala count down til ur back πŸ™‚

    • Didi: Thanks…we used to watch it on tv when we were kids so yea it was great to experience it live this time among millions of people!


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