We're leaving Tuesday night for Long Island to visit the in-laws. This year my 9 year old daughter really wants to go to the Macy's parade. I've always avoided it in the past, thinking it would probably be so crowded that we wouldn't see much anyway. However, this year, I am probably going to take her and try to make the best of it. I've done some research online and it seems that everyone says the best viewing spots will be on Central Park West from 60th to 70th streets, as they are far less crowded than points South. I've also read that people start lining the streets at 6:30am. If I have to get there that early, then we'll probably just skip it. I don't mind getting there early, but 2 1/2 hours of just standing on the sidewalk before the parade starts will be a bit much for her. I remember getting to Times Square at about 11 pm on New Year's Eve and still being able to see pretty well. So I guess I'm curious if any of you have been before and just what to expect. Thanks!