When I was a kid, watching all the parades on TV was THE thing to do on T'day morning. Seems like there were three major ones (two from NY and one from Detroit), then later in the day, we'd watch one from Hawaii that usually had Charo doing her 'cootchie cootchie' schtick. I didn't like that one as much as the ones with the giant balloons, but the flowers were pretty.
I've tried to get into watching the parades as an adult, but they're kinda dull. The performers lip synch (sorry, Bethany), there are too many commercials, and the hosts are so maudlin it's almost embarassing to witness!
But, still, it's tradition, and this year I'll try and get my girls interested in the balloons and floats. It was magical to me as a kid, and I hope they get the same thrill, at least for a little while.