Monday, November 19, 2012


On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the city of Stamford, Conn., hosts a big balloon parade. More than 100,000 people cram the streets to see this spectacle, which is like a smaller version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and frankly, better -- you don't have to get up before dawn to see it on a holiday.

It's a lot of fun -- they have 18 giant balloons in the parade, as well as bands, floats and assorted entertainment.

The parade is so much fun to watch -- the balloons are gigantic, and if you encourage the balloon handlers, the group runs in a circle and spins the balloon!

The kids really love the balloons and they are so big you can't miss them! It's definitely a fun family event.

This is our second year making the drive to see the parade, but it is already a beloved annual event. The parade really kicks off the holiday feeling, and I don't have to travel to New York to see it. Of course, it's free to watch.

In case you missed it, late last week I posted A Mom's Guide To... Thanksgiving. It has a lot of ideas to help you get ready for the big day with your little ones. I know our week will be filled with "getting ready" -- how 'bout you?

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