Also, if you don't watch, you will miss highlights like the time a few years ago when one of the balloons got caught in a wind and landed on a group of parade watchers.
This year, if you didn't watch, you missed a song from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You also missed the US Naval Academy Glee Club singing America the Beautiful on a float made up of the disembodied hand of the Statue of Liberty, which I thought pretty symbolic. It would have been perfect had there been a word balloon breaking out beside the hand saying, "Help meeee...."
The highlight of this year's parade, hands down, however, was Matt Lauer's introduction of the next group, "...the 65 active duty men and women who compromise the NYPD marching band."
One only hopes that Matt did it on a dare.