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Old 11-04-2018, 09:50 AM
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Now that my younger son is older and pretty self-sufficient and trustworthy I'm thinking about getting reserved tickets for the parade. I figure that after a stressful week of moving it might be a nice break. I was wondering if the parade is worth the hassle. What's the parking like? How early should we get there before the parade starts? Which area should we get tickets for? Any other advice?
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:58 AM
Location: Bedford
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We went a few years ago when my daughter was 5. We had reserved seats on the 2nd row on Houston around 8th Street. It was worth every penny. Even on the 2nd row, we had a good view. We parked about 90 minutes before the parade and took our time walking over. Since we paid for the seats, we didn't have to stake out a spot hours out and didn't have to haul anything with us.

I would recommend getting seats along one of the streets away from a corner. That seemed to offer a good view. We parked on the west side of downtown near Burnett Park in a cash lot. Easy in and easy out with almost no traffic.

Worth the hassle? We had a good time and seemed to pick the right strategy. It's a pretty short parade (maybe around an hour long), so that combined with the short wait before the parade and the fact that once it's over that's it made it a pretty tolerable experience with a 5 year old with a short attention span. That said, I've lived in or around Fort Worth my whole life and that was the one and only time I've ever been to the parade. It was fun, but we looked at each other afterward and asked, "that's it?" We just weren't that impressed and there's plenty of other cheaper holiday events that aren't less than 3 weeks after Halloween. Like I said, fun event, but not something I want to do every year.
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:30 PM
Location: Texas
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Last time I went to the Parade of Lights was 2015 and I lived at Hillside. Easy to walk up and we had purchased reserved seating. I had been away 12 years and had to revisit all the things I had missed and this was one of them.

Great time. But it was really, really cold. Layer up and bring a thermos of hot chocolate and bring a lap blanket.

And it was very crowded, the plaza was elbow to elbow, but we did see the tree.

Also went to Bass Hall for a NYE show and again it was very cold and super-crowded. We didn't stick around and went back home to our apartment at Hillside.
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