I could have written the OP's rant. When I was a kid growing up in Detroit area, JLHudson's department store had a t-giving day parade, and it was so exciting to watch it, then tune in the big one from New York. For a couple hours there my brothers and I didn't even fight! It's become a hideous parody of what it used to be, right down to the poorly written "commentary" scripts the network news Bozos have to read. NickJD's comment & link seem to be alarmingly creeping into reality, destroying this old, charming CHristmas tradition. Have not tuned it in for years.