Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving in New York: A Photographic Retrospective

Four years ago today, I woke up at 4:30am, dressed in layers, and set out to brave the darkness and late November temperatures in New York City in search of a coveted spot on the sidewalk.  With luck, I found a spot directly across the street from my hotel.  I plopped myself down on a mat and began my vigil.  I was there, like thousands of others, to witness the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in person.

Seeing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade had been a bucket list item of mine for nearly as long as I could remember.  I've always been a fan and avid watcher of the parade.  A year or so before I found myself enduring the cold on that frigid NYC morning, my mom and I sat in her kitchen in West Virginia and watched the parade as we had countless times before.  After some time, one of us said, "We should do that one day."  A few months later, my mom and I, along with my aunt, booked our hotel and airfare for the following Thanksgiving.

It was, without a doubt, one of the best Thanksgivings I've ever had.

Giant holiday lights 

My favorite pizze in the whole wide world - Giordano's in Brooklyn

Sunset as seen from the Top of the Rock

Miss Lady Liberty herself

Imagine mosaic, Strawberry Fields, Central Park

The start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade featuring Snoopy

Another scene from the parade

The big man himself bringing up the end of the parade

Whatever you may be doing this Thanksgiving day, may you be blessed and have a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!


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