Thanksgiving in NYC

Hands down, one of my favorite things about living in New York City is Thanksgiving. Long, long ago, when the husband and I were just dating and I was still in college, I started coming here to his family for Thanksgiving…and the parade! I have ALWAYS loved parades and the best one of all is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year, my house was filled with the sounds of parade coverage as we lounged in the living room waiting to go to my grandma’s to feast. When I had a chance to actually attend in person, I jumped at it…and kept going every year after.

I have so many parade memories that they sort of start to meld together into one awesome parade: there was the year we had brunch at Jean Georges and watched from the patio, the year my sister-in-law and I froze to death and laughed at a family near us that had a comment for EVERYTHING, the year my mom and sister came up and we took selfies with the balloons before it was cool (with a real camera no less), the year we watched from an apartment high above Central Park West, the year Declan was a tiny baby in the Bjorn.

But two years ago, we said no more. It got to be a hassle getting the kids there and then getting them ready to go to the in-laws. So instead we went to the balloon inflating the night before. NEVER go to the balloon inflating!!! It is a nightmare that knows no equal where people are herded like cattle past giant cartoon characters captured in nets. We escaped into the subway halfway through!

So last year we scrapped the whole parade. It was sad, but it was relaxing. This year, we were all prepared to watch on TV and hang out at home. But after 40 minutes of interviews with sitcom stars, commercials, and clips from Broadway shows, Brady and I couldn’t take anymore. So we went for a little walk and got us some parade action.


8 responses

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Danny!! I always love your parade coverage and am envious it’s a hop, skip, and jump from your place. My mom’s #1 bucket list trip is to go to the parade one day. Might have to ask you for viewing tips when that finally happens! Hope all is well.

    • How are you?!? It’s nice for it to be so close. We actually don’t watch on the parade route, but go a bit north where they hold the floats and balloons until they go out. It’s a great view with less crowds. You should definitely come some time. It’s a great time to be int he city. Hope all is good with you.

  2. I think it is awesome that you live so close that you can just take a walk and see the parade! Going to NYC to see the Macy’s Day Parade is on my bucket list. My mom and I have been talking about it for years. Maybe next year…and we can meet up? How cool would that be? Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Xo

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