Thursday Throwback: 2012 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 2012 I went to New York City for the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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I stayed at Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Ave, which is right opposite Penn Station. It was great location wise, but the floor I was staying did feel a little bit like I was in The Shining.

On the Wednesday afternoon I went and saw the balloons being inflated outside the Museum of Natural History. I went in the afternoon as I had read the balloons start to take shape between 1pm and 3pm.

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Sailor Mickey being inflated

On Thanksgiving Day I woke in the early hours of the morning to a marching band practicing. This didn’t worry me as I planned to get up early anyway and it added to the experience.

I staked out my spot early (a little after 6am) beneath Radio City Music Hall. Below are some of my photos.

To my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Hello Kitty

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Mr. Pilgrim

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Woodland Family Gathering float, Ocean Spray

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Tom Turkey float with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Food Network

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Kermit the Frog

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Charlie Brown

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Kung-Fu Panda

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NYPD Mounted Unit

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Jimmy Fallon and the Roots 

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True Spirit of Thanksgiving float, Oneida Indian Nation

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Uncle Sam with Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo

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Mount Rushmore’s American Pride with Don McLean

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Jolly Polly Pirate Ship with Pirate Queen Whoopi Goldberg

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Gift of Freedom float

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Spiderman

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Pikachu

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SpongeBob SquarePants

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Papa Smurf

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The Smurfs

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Saratoga High School Marching Band, California

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New York City Police Department

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Macy’s Great American Marching Band

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Diary of a Whimpy Kid 

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Sailor Mickey, Disney Cruises 

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Pillsbury Doughboy 

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Elf on a shelf

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Buzz Lightyear

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Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations float, Domino Sugar

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The King Charles Unicycle Troupe

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Santa’s sleigh

Beyond my backyard

I recently returned from a four week holiday exploring parts of the United States of America. I started my trip with 7 nights in Los Angeles before travelling through Anaheim (Disneyland), Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, New York City, Boston, Cambridge, Salem, and Washington D.C.

At Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

At Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

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Outside Massachusetts Institute of Technology

It was my fourth time to the States. I had been to Los Angeles and New York City before but it was great to explore more the East and West Coast.

Visits to Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon were definitely a highlight.

On the Nevada / Arizona state line, Hoover Dam

On the Nevada / Arizona state line, Hoover Dam

At Pinecreek Vista, South Rim, Grand Canyon

At Pinecreek Vista, South Rim, Grand Canyon

It was a fantastic experience and I am now looking forward to getting back to Exploring My Own Backyard!