I am very fortunate (at least I think so) to live in New York! Well, I actually live pretty much right in the middle of Long Island on the south shore. It only takes us about an hour to get into the city. We decided at the last minute to go and see the Thanksgving Day Parade balloons. What a blast! They start inflating them around 3pm and finish by 10pm. We went out to dinner first, so by the time we got there they were already blown up. It was probably almost as crowded as the actual parade itself but everyone was in such good spirits that it didn't matter! And my kids, they got such a kick out of it that it was well worth it. It is amazing to see all the work and time invested in this parade up close, and the people that work it were all so happy and friendly! The quality of the pictures aren't the greatest but enjoy!