I always shoot the parade or should I say I alway shoot near the parade. I rarely see the actual marchers because of the enormous crowds. I have never felt like I missed out on much because there is always plenty enough crazy for blocks around.
Yesterday was different, we left the house late with the intent of just hanging out along 6th Avenue and watching the people walk by. Got off the subway at 49th and immediately noticed lighter than normal crowds. Walked through Rockefeller Center straight to 5th Avenue and right up to the barricades just as the parade was starting.
In all the years of going I have never seen so few people…. it was a crowd phobic photographer’s dream. But, it was also obvious why the people stayed home. IT WAS COLD, did I say it was cold? Cold doesn’t really work, frigid is closer, bitter maybe but lacks the punch, nothing short of a string of obscenities will really do it justice. It was %#^&$%*%&^ing COLD! Oh, and the wind was blowing.
My fingers survived (barely) and I had fun watching the parade. This first series is primarily of the parade so keep coming back for more of the characters that make Saint Patrick’s Day in New York City a very special experience.