Thursday, November 17, 2005

Matt Lauer Offers Parade-Viewing Tips

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Matt Lauer will be getting a front row seat to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but he’s got the inside skinny on the best places to see the parade in person.

The Today Show host says he used to attend the parade even before he was a newscaster and believes the least crowded spots to watch the floats and marching bands are uptown near where the parade starts.

However, he admits if you go there you “don’t get to see the Broadway shows or the bands turn sideways.”

He also suggests potential parade patrons use their Rolodex to see if they know anyone who might live on the parade route because, he points out, “there are a lot of good parties.”

This year’s parade takes place – when else? – on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) and will be hosted by Lauer, Katie Couric and Al Roker unless there’s a major news event that requires his attention.

If that happens, Lauer admits, “All bets are off.”

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