Friday, November 27, 2009

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

For Thanksgiving this year John decided that we needed to go to New York and see the Macy's parade. I was a little shocked at his decision because he is very crowd phobic, and he usually turns in to a pumpkin at around 8 pm, but I agreed and we went anyway.
This was the only shot I could get of the two older kids together without fighting continuously.
Jackson was a great trooper like always. He travels easily and is great about being carted around wherever we go.
We stayed at the Hyatt regency in Jersey City, it is right across the Hudson river from the city, and there is a Path train station next door, where you can take the train either under the river directly to the World Trade Center subway stop, or further down into the city. It is a great way to travel into the city, and really inexpensive too.
We ended up about 2 blocks away from the parade route, but we were close enough to see some great balloon action. We did see some of the bigger floats too, but mostly we missed most of the parade action. This spot was on 33rd and 6th ave, right next to the train stop.

We had originally walked down to 7th and 34th, (7th ave being the main drag for the parade), but all of the balloons were turning the corner about 4 blocks up, when all of a sudden we saw spiderman come peeking around the corner. It was great! He was only about a block away.
We didn't escape the crowds entirely, but it could have been a lot worse.
Jackson fell asleep on the train ride into the city. He had the greatest time being carted around in the stroller or on Daddy's neck.
The night before Thanksgiving we went into the city and spent a little time in Times Square, at Toys-R-Us, and walking around a little. We also went to the Macy's inflation Celebration, where they blow up the balloons the night before the parade. It was a little wet (not really raining, but schvitzing, my original word), but it was fun to see all of the balloons at ground level. That night we couldn't escape the crowds at all. It took us about 20 minutes to cross the street at one point.
Times Square

This is the view across the river from our hotel room. It was a cloudy, yucky day, but on a clear night when all of the lights are lit, it is a gorgeous sight to see. We have stayed in this Hotel a few times now, because it is so convenient, and a great view.
All in all, we had a good time, and can now say that we went to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. That box is checked off now, but I think in the future, I'll watch it on T.V.

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