Yesterday was the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is considered to be America’s most beloved and the biggest parade. We got to watch the marching bands, floats and giant balloons despite having (supposedly) over 2,500 police officers stationed along the Manhattan parade route in light of recent, heightened fears of terrorism. David and myself got up around 6.30am and left our hotel room about 7am. We wanted to make sure we got a good watching spot in time for the parade which we did. I am very glad we did that because by 9:00am, the sidewalks were starting to get very crowded. The parade went for about two hours and it was just pure awesomeness. Towards the end of the parade, we got to see Mariah Carey. But by then, our legs were so sore from standing for that long and our arms were aching from constantly taking photos and recording the parade.
After the parade, we headed back to our hotel room to rest and recharge my camera for a while before going out to explore Central Park.
Arguably one of the most famous parks in the world, Central Park was also one of the first public parks built in America. It is bordered on by the north of Central Park North, on the south by Central Park South, on the west by Central Park West, and on the east by Fifth Avenue. I would like to say we walked the entire park but Central Park’s is freaking huge. Seriously! We tried our best to explore as much of Central Park as possible but like I said before, Central Park is freaking HUGE. We did manage to see some of the attractions that does make this park widely known. We got to see the Alice in Wonderland statue, the Bethesda Terrace and Foundation, Bow Bridge and so forth. Here we also got to see a lot of people walking all sorts of dogs! It was incredible. Central Park is so vast and incredible, you could just find a nice spot and read a book.
There was one location that particularly intrigued me. The Cherry Hills Foundation. Do you remember the water foundation in the Friends opening credits. It’s a pretty iconic image, paired with a pretty iconic song. Basically it’s an awesome opening credits. Now upon our exploration, we picked up a map of Central Park and on the map I noticed the Cherry Hills Foundation with Friends underneath it. Naturally people are going to assume this foundation is the same water foundation from the opening credits. WRONG! It’s not so please don’t be fooled if you ever visit Central Park. It’s not. So then where is the actual water foundation exist from Friends? The water foundation is actually located in Burbank, California, on Warner Brothers’ Ranch. Surprise, surprise.
We also got to see street performances, squirrels digging through leaves and climbing trees, and had a snack at a café next to the Conservatory Water.
Anyway, that is what we did yesterday. A lot of the shops were closed since it was Thanksgiving Day and there was not a lot we could do. But we did spend a great deal of our time at Central Park which we were happy about.