So we decided to make this a family tradition, and go again this year. We got there about 6 am, taking the Red
/ Gold lines to get there. We got a great spot, but the people in front of us decided to stand for the parade, so that was annoying.
The parade was just beautiful. I loved it! Occupy LA had a march afterwards - there were a lot of participants. It was quite annoying.
Getting out of the parade was difficult. So many people decided to take the train back, that they had special buses available too. Well it took our bus 90 minutes because getting through the crowds was so difficult.
Overall it was a great experience, but next year I think we will camp out all night long, have more people come, and get right on the street, if possible. I'd like to see everything next year.