Mary Pat and I have both always wanted to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since Chris and I live within driving distance of NYC, this was the year to make it happen!
Jay and Mary Pat arrived in Connecticut early Wednesday afternoon. After a nice evening with them (and a mean parsnip risotto dinner- seriously, where has this vegetable been my entire life?) we turned in so we could catch one of the trains into the city early Thanksgiving morning.
We were out of the driveway a few minutes after 6:00 a.m. and made it to White Plains, NY to catch the 7:05 train into Grand Central with time to spare.
Once in the city, we started walking towards the parade route. It starts up near Central Park, goes through Times Square, and finishes in front of Macy's. We didn't want to be near the very end of the parade so Times Square seemed like a good option.
Our original spot was actually down on a side street perpendicular to 7th Avenue, sort of set back from the actual parade route. It was supposed to be an emergency entrance in case a fire truck or ambulance needed to get to someone on the parade route, but they said we could stand there and would only need to move in case of an emergency. It was a decent spot considering the parade was starting in under half an hour.
Chris and Jay went to get coffee while Mary Pat and I held the spot. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, several NY policemen came up to the barrier we were standing behind and said that they were letting 5 people at a time cross 7th Avenue to stand in the middle of Times Square! Mary Pat and I couldn't believe our good fortune so when it was our turn, we took off across 7th Avenue without hesitation.
Check out that front row spot!!!
I was able to get ahold of Jay and Chris by cell phone and when they told the policemen their wives were across the street, they let them come too. (We were originally on the far side of the street where you can see people standing and then off to the left a bit, back from the main road.)
And it begins!
Good sports for waking up before dawn on Thanksgiving morning for their wives. :)
As always, Santa brought up the rear!
And that's all folks!
After the parade we walked around the city for a few hours. This is the building in the Diamond District where Chris bought my ring! Only he was about 30 floors up. :)
Rockefeller Tree- the lights are on, but it's not lit yet. The tree actually came from Easton, CT less than 20 minutes from us!
Overall, the entire experience was just a great one. We got a fantastic spot to watch the parade, everyone was in such a jovial and friendly mood, and I never realized the parade was so interactive- people were shouting hello and yelling "Happy Thanksgiving" left and right! So fun.
I hope you had a terrific Turkey Day! (Or Capon Day, as was the case at Casa Gibson...stay tuned!)