Yesterday, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade went off without a hitch. Spongebob Squarepants, Pikachu, Super Grover, and more friends were guided down Manhattan to Herald Square, accompanied by clowns, marching bands, floats, and other performers. In fact, many people were caught with their coats tied around their waists, what with 64 degree weather. And the lovely weather is credited for making sure 2.5 million people turned out for the parade! The NY Times noted that children would scream the names of balloons to get their attention - funny thing, it's what Gothamist did, except from our living room. The NY Post says that Mayor Bloomberg was "ecstatic" and that his favorite balloon in Charlie Brown. Hmm, that says a lot.

And, now, the die-hard Black Friday shoppers have hit the stores at their opening times and are crowing about what they scored. Our past Friday-after-Thanksgiving foray to Macy's resembled a black bag operation: Synchronized watches, barking commands and no fear. We suspect many other New Yorkers are wisely sitting today out, and opting for a Sunday morning jaunt to the stores: Today is a day to go to the movies.