I've been wondering this for awhile because it is one of the most boring things I've ever seen produced but there has to be some reason that it keeps coming on every year.
My dad watches it, and his family does, too. I sort of watch it just because its on, in the background...I sometimes like watching the marching bands, since I was in one in high school. The only time I was truly happy to have been watching it was when the Foster's Home For Imaginary Friend's float Rick Rolled everyone.
There was a parade? Was it on UStream or Twitch? Wait, TV? What's that? The reason it's produced, in my opinion, is to sell advertising on TV and the organizers make a ton of money. People will watch anything on TV sometimes.Yeah I laughed at The Onion's idea that one of the balloons would be a giant iPhone.
We have the Santa Claus parade in Toronto which is similar in concept, if not in scope, and it's gone from something that I loved seeing as a kid to a massive pain the ass when I need to get around town and parents think it's okay to take up all the room in the subway with baby strollers. Seriously, just carry the little fucker you lazy bastards.
i live in NY so i try to go every year. it's an amazing experience. On tv they spend so much time showing whats happening at 34th street, when you never see that when actually seeing the parade in person. I usually stand by the start of the parade and seeing the floats, the balloons and especially the marching bands is pretty awesome.
the last two years i have stayed home because i have a 2 year old now and i have to wait for him to be able to wait for hours for the parade to start. We put it on in the background while we prep for the day, and yeah, the television production is terrible.
My mother does every year.
In fact whenever American Thanksgiving rolls around she gets this teary-eyed look then says, "I wish one year we could take the whole family to see the parade".
Lol, nice. What exactly is the significance of it? To answer the OP, I have never watched it, and I don't know anyone who does.