Friday, November 26, 2010

A Kool Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kraft Party & A Balloon Premiere

With all my complaining about what has happened to the balloon inflation event here in NYC, I think the universe heard me because I was rewarded yesterday with being able to attend a really fun Thanksgiving Day event.

A friend of mine invited me to attend a parade viewing party thrown by Kraft at the Red Eye Grill. The restaurant has a terrace that directly overlooks the parade route.


Dr. B and I wove our way through the crowds to get to the restaurant in time to watch the huge balloons float by. We had a lot of fun watching the parade while partaking in a fabulous breakfast spread.


And they were also serving this:

Which was the reason for the party. Kraft owns Kool-Aid and The Kool-Aid Man character was making it's debut as a four story high ballon in the parade. So Kraft threw a party to celebrate the new balloon.

Isn't He Adorable?

The cheer that went up in the restaurant when the Kool-Aid balloon passed by was great. In side was warm and cosy with lots of activities for the kids.

Outside I was applauding my favorites like Kermit and Snoopy,

I also cheered on Horton because my friend Barry was one of the "balloon wranglers" walking with the balloon, holing one of it's ropes.

And Yes Virginia..there really is a Santa Claus.

There was Spongebob.

Marching bands and a pirate ship:

Joan Rivers showed up in full drag as a Snow Queen.

Jessica Simpson was on a float that seemed like a baker's dream.

There was great swag:

Cool Kool-Aid Gloves
Drinkin' the Kool-Aid
After the parade was over, we went on a long walk through Central Park and then to the movies.  We had our Thanksgiving meal down in Little India in the East Village with friends.

There is a part of me that missed cooking a huge feast for friends and family but I really loved this year's random activity filled Thanksgiving. Mostly because I got to spend it with my husband who is usually working in Iraq.

As we head back to Germany today I am so grateful for being able to share this American holiday with him and all my special and wonderful NYC friends.

Hope your turkey day was wonderful!


  1. Oh, how fun! My Mom was saying we should of went down for the parade. I wouldn't mind watching it from somewhere cozy while I had breakfast!

  2. What a fantastic way to watch the parade, love it. Great view too.

  3. This looks like so much fun. We do not have much parade for any occassion in my country so I love seeing pictures of of them.

  4. willy willy willy, you and Dr.B and our all day activities was one of the best and most memorable Thanksgiving's in many years for me.
    Love you and loved our Rice Biryani and Chutney too.

  5. Glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. I went to the parade every year as a child. Your pictures are great, but I still find it so sad how low they fly the balloons nowadays. I know I was a child and therefore small, but I'm positive they were MUCH higher when I was a kid. Oh well. Still can't wait to bring my munchkin next year (he was too young this year). Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. This is really great and nice pics, i like it. Thank you sharing this blog.


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