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#1 Posted by jmood88 (416 posts) -

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.

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#2 Posted by jdbloom (26 posts) -

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.

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#3 Posted by ThePickle (4370 posts) -

Old people.

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#4 Posted by jdbloom (26 posts) -

@ThePickle, you are right! My grandmother is in town and she was up all morning watching it.

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#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@jmood88 said:

there has to be some reason that it keeps coming on every year.

Money.

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#6 Posted by Dalai (7869 posts) -

I would normally watch it for a few minutes hoping a balloon goes rogue and takes out some spectators.

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#7 Posted by commonoutlier (140 posts) -

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.

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#8 Posted by BigSocrates (1466 posts) -

I watched it in person a couple times when I was a kid, but see no appeal to watching it on television. It is, indeed, exceptionally boring.

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#9 Posted by I_smell (4219 posts) -
@jdbloom said:
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.
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#10 Posted by Deathawk (348 posts) -

I enjoy watching the balloons but it seems that NBC's coverage of it is more about previewing the latest Broadway shows and the latest hits by American Idol winners more than, you know, the actual parade.

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#11 Posted by Bucketdeth (8252 posts) -

Is this the big Christmas parade?

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#12 Posted by McLargepants (441 posts) -

I watched it lazily for about an hour and a half. A friend of mine was in one of the bands, so once they performed, off goes the parade.

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#13 Posted by MetalBaofu (1635 posts) -

I usually watch parts of it. Which means I just have it on in the background while playing a game or whatever. I think a lot of people probably just turn it on in the background while they cook/talk with family/etc.

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#15 Posted by ProfessorEss (7960 posts) -

I used to enjoy it when I was a kid.

Now I enjoy watching my kid enjoy it.

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#16 Posted by GalacticGravy (665 posts) -

My mother does every year.

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#17 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

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.

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#18 Posted by NegativeCero (3147 posts) -

I never do, although since I live close to the NYC, I wouldn't mind going to watch one year. I can't imagine I would want to do it more than once though.

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#19 Posted by Butler (439 posts) -

No parade but I did watch the dog show. Doggies!

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#20 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5759 posts) -

@GalacticGravy said:

My mother does every year.

This.

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".

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#21 Posted by wjb (1912 posts) -

I try to for nostalgia reasons, but the parades, just like literally everything else holiday-related these days, are boring and lifeless as shit.

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#22 Edited by Swoxx (3034 posts) -

Today is macys day parade, the night of the living dead is on it's way.

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#23 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6421 posts) -

Um.......I can not think of any fathomable reason why someone would watch it (without any social (or otherwise) obligation to do so) and actively be entertained by it.

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#24 Posted by Camosid (119 posts) -

I watch it every year. How else am I supposed to know what the new Power Rangers are. I mainly kinda poke fun at some of the stuff, but it's nice to have something on you don't need to watch real closely when family's around.

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#25 Posted by damnboyadvance (4184 posts) -

I don't know anybody that looks forward to watching it. It's just something to have on in the morning.

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#26 Posted by Gruff182 (1065 posts) -

Beyond being Green Day song, I've no idea what it is.

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#27 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

older people watch it.

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#28 Posted by aragorn546 (186 posts) -

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.

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#29 Posted by Trainer_Red (318 posts) -

Wow guys. Not old, not socially irrelevant and not even a little bit boring and I LOOOOOVE watching the parade. Makes me feel like a kid again. You guys are monsters.

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#30 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

@Trainer_Red: Wait Giant Bomb duders being cynical cold hearted mofos monsters??? Get out of here D:

er... Whats the Macy´s parade thing?

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#31 Posted by JasonR86 (10178 posts) -

@ThePickle said:

Old people.

This. I'm thinking 75+ people while they are reading the paper and listening to the radio while sipping lemonade.

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#33 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -

I dunno about everyone else but I lost my fucking shit when Pikachu arrived. Then again this is literally the first time I've watched it.

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#34 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2945 posts) -

Because "It's tradition".

I think it's stupid, personally.

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#35 Posted by Laurentech (129 posts) -

@GERALTITUDE said:

@GalacticGravy said:

My mother does every year.

This.

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.

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#36 Posted by SSully (5317 posts) -

I dont really see the point on TV, but it could be fun actually being there. I imagine all the floats and stuff would be very cool in person.

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#37 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1308 posts) -

I woke up, watched it for about thirty seconds, then turned on my 360 and wiped it from my memory. Not only was it boring, but Al Rokers' horrible jokes were driving so many nails in that coffin.