Today is Thanksgiving here in the USA. Now whilst this idea means basically squat to Australian’s, to New Yorkers it means a few things – one of which is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Think you’ve never heard of it? Think again. Not only has it been immortalised by the Green Day song, but if you’re a Seinfeld fan, and you remember the episode where Elaine tries to win a competition so that her boss (Mr Pitt) can carry Woody Woodpecker… well, it’s all one in the same.
Anyway… Jason, Louise, Craig, Kristy and I all got up stupidly early and trudged over to 55th and Broadway to secure our position. Though we were there shortly after 7 AM (the parade started at 9 AM), we were by no means the first ones; conversely, we were about 3 or 4 people back from the front. Craziness!
So as we stood there freezing our little toes off, we couldn’t help but question if it would all be worth it or not… but thankfully when the first few floats rolled by around 9:30 AM, we were satisfied. It was all good, and in traditional American style, everything was way over the top and wonderful. What a fantastic way to celebrate a tradition that we have absolutely nothing to do with.
Check out the photo album to see some of our favourite displays!