When I arrived at 7:30am, I was lured by this kind of energy and randomness that’s typical of New York streets. Among the multitude of crowds, there were a few notable moments I saw and felt the Thanksgiving Parade as a whole but unlike the tenants of nearby apartments buildings who were lucky to watch the festivities from the comfort of their fire escape, there were rarely good moments to perfectly view the massive cartoon helium floats unless you had purchased a ticket in advance or had awaken extremely early to secure a sacred spot. I thought I had done the latter but apparently not early enough.
I walked from block to block struggling to get as close to the action as possible but if the cops weren’t denying you access to what seemed like a perfect location to view the parade, you had the added difficulty of battling through crowds like this for some prime real estate. Eventually I gave it but I at least wanted to retain a glimpse of how ridiculously exciting and crazy attending a much awaiting parade can be if you don’t plan ahead for the unexpected.
The other unexpected comical shot I managed to take was of a tourist photographing the parade with an iPad. This was the embodiment of Chase Jarvis’ popular mantra in that “the best camera is the one you have with you.”