It’s safe to say Thanksgiving is Aaron Lucier’s favorite holiday. It’s not because of the turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The ECU Director of Housing Operations says the real reason is Spiderman, Kermit the Frog and Shrek.They are among the dozens of gigantic floats soaring through the streets of New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Aaron has had a front row seat for the last ten years.
“It’s the energy,” said Lucier. “Some say you get a better view by watching on TV, and it’s generally warmer, but there is nothing like seeing it live. The crowd and the kids’ reactions to the balloons are wonderful. You always hear ‘Mom- look it is Mickey!’ or ‘Look! Look! It’s Sponge Bob!’ I love it.”
For Lucier, growing up in New Jersey and going to New York or Philadelphia was always part of the holiday plans. So when he arrived at East Carolina University and there was annual bus trip to New York, he jumped at the opportunity. Now it is an annual tradition.
“My family does not even ask where we are going for the holiday anymore,” Lucier joked.
So will this annual holiday tradition continue?
“Absolutely!” said Lucier “I would encourage folks to consider breaking away from the Thanksgiving table one year to travel together. And New York City, Times Square and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a great example of how to make that holiday very special.”