Saturday, November 26, 2011

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

Happy Thanksgiving (belated) from The Wyatt crew!  
This year was our first family trip to the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade.  Freddy T. and Jack have been the past 2 years, but this was Lillie and Elliott's first.  Freddy's parents were also in town and it was their first time to see the parade live.  We were up early Thursday morning and jumped in a taxi at 5:30 to head to the Upper West Side for the parade.  We met Freddy T's parents on 75th and Columbus and walked over to Central Park West to stake our spot.  By the time we got situated we were in the 2nd row of chairs (by chairs I mean we hauled our fold up/outdoor chairs with us) and we had a 3 hour wait ahead of us.  We packed snacks, blankets, and an I-Pad loaded with many episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  The kids did pretty well all things considered.  By the time the sun comes up and you get within an hour of the parade it starts getting exciting, everything before that is just doing what you can to stay warm and get out of your sleepy fog!

Gramps put Lillie up on the little box hanging on the light post so she could see.  She didn't last up there long but managed to sneak a kiss or two for Gramps.

 Jack, Elliott, and Lillie watching as the first band marches by.
The Turkey kicked things off!

 Sonic the Hedgehog made his first appearance in 20 years. 
 Diary of A Wimpy Kid
 Buzz Lightyear, big hit with our kids.  Elliott especially loves Toy Story these days.
 Pillsbury Dough Boy
 Kool Aid Man
 Sponge Bob
 Elliott is also really into Mickey Mouse.  He loved this float!
 Classic Snoopy
 And his gang!

 Ronald McDonald.  His right skate had a big hole in it, it was just hanging.  I've wondered what the float looked like by the end of the parade. 
 Elliott got real excited when this float came by.  He was up on Freddy T.'s shoulders and started naming all the characters.
 Jack mainly wanted to see Spiderman.
 Lillie enjoyed seeing Hello Kitty.
 Another classic, Smurf.

 Kermit the Frog.
 And last but not least, Santa came to kick off the Christmas season!

We finished off the day with an apartment full of 15 people to enjoy a great meal.  Great day and lots to be thankful for!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the pictures and so glad you had the opportunity to experience the parade with Gran and Gramps. Lillie, Elliott and Jack don't realize the things they are getting to do that so many children only experience through TV. Love to all of you, Gran