I love traditions and one of my all-time favorites is watching the Macy's parade while preparing our Thanksgiving dinner. For me, the holiday season begins right here in my kitchen amid the pageantry, the floats, balloons, marching bands, dance troupes, stars. Here are some facts you should know and some just for fun:
1. Tune in at 9am on NBC, unless you are lucky enough to be there in person.
2. They have a new route this year - 7th Ave instead of Broadway.
3. Imagine 3.5 millions in the streets and another 50 million home viewers.
4. Floats are designed in a former tootsie roll factory in New Jersey.
5. During a downpour in 1957, Popeye's cap filled with water, forcing him to veer off course and dump water on the spectators.
This year, I have a major conflict. I'm in Wisconsin where the Packers rule and they are playing smack dab in the middle of my big tradition. What a dilemma!
But I'm not going to let them rain on my parade.
I'll be running from kitchen to family room to see what's happening with them. But my first priority has to be the Macy's parade.
Good thing we have more than one television.
What are you doing for Thanksgiving?