The first few years that we lived in America, we did not quite get the while Thanksgiving holiday thing. We generally used those extra days off to go camping or take a mini vacation. On our 3rd Thanksgiving, we realized not only were we eating spaghetti, but we had spaghetti on thanksgiving day for the past 3 years. It was never planned but it just turned out like that. Since then, we have embraced the tradition of making a feast - with a few Dutch touches. Our first Thanksgiving in America, we went to New York City. This was the year after 9/11 so we did visit the memorial. One day, we were just walking along and we come upon this parade with huge balloons. It was cool to see and we stayed for a while. Afterwards, we went on with our day as usual and had spaghetti at one of the few restaurants that was open that day. It was not until years later when we were hearing about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that we realized that is what we saw. This Thanksgiving I got to see the parade up close and personal when my friend Vicki who is the event coordinator for the major's office gave me 2 tickets for the bleachers at Columbus Circle for my boyfriend and I. We had to get up super early to be there but it was worth it! What a great New York City Thanksgiving!
Ice Age! This made the whole crowd laugh. Everyone was like "haha, get it - he's chasing the acorn" (that's his thing in the movies and the little short films they do before). It was a great start to the parade.
Here's a Power Ranger doing the dance to Single Ladies:
Here's Daughtry reminding you to eat avocados:
My favorite: Pikachu! Pokemon was a huge part of my childhood (my brother, sister and I were major traders in our neighborhood in the Netherlands - I'm not kidding) and Pikachu is adorable although Polywag was my favorite. Now it's Charizard. A fire-breathing dragon is definitely the coolest.
The Ocean Spray dudes!
Mariah Carrey. The crowd went nuts over her. She was the only celebrate who was sitting down.
And, off course, Mr. and Mrs. Claus as the grand finale:
I'm so glad we got to go see the parade and we made a great Thanksgiving dinner when we got home. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, crescent rolls, cranberries and gravy. I woud have been fine with spaghetti but it was delicious! Our New York City Thanksgiving was a success but I can't wait to see our families for Christmas soon.
About the Author
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!