On Wednesday night, James and I headed uptown near the Museum of Natural History to see the inflation of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons.
Since as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved loved loved watching the parade with my family. On television though. I’ve never seen it in person. (We aren’t that nuts, yet.) So going to check out the balloons the night before the parade was a totally new thing, as well as the closest I’ve ever been to seeing the parade live.
Recognize any of these guys? We fought through some crazy crowds for a lot of hurry up and wait. Most of the balloons were “resting” (a.k.a. face down) but it was still amazing to see just how large they were up close!
(I kept turning to James and saying: “this is so cool!”)
Here’s one guy I know you will be interested in:
Captain Sailor Mickey!
But this is Muppet Monday, Estelle! I know, I know! There was one friendly Muppet at the end of the line.
As you can imagine, I was one happy Muppet fan:
So even though my ankles got jammed by strollers (a lot like Disney World) and people moved really really slowly, it was totally worth it to stop in and check out this free event in NYC.
A pie, a batch of muffins, and some hours of sleep later, I curled up on my parent’s couch with a cup of coffee like I have done most years and got a second glimpse at a lot of these balloons. It was so great to turn to James and say, “Hey! We saw that guy yesterday!”
Hope all of you enjoyed your own holiday traditions!
P.S. Here’s a great article on a Kermit balloon handler!