02/05/2014 at 6:50 pm #59506
Old? I didn’t feel the need to go with the crowd from a young age, so I don’t think it’s age. Not in my case anyway. But you still may consider me old. I’m good with that.
Happily, despite all the anxious news reports, the bus got me home 15 minutes later than normal. Not even close to a big deal, I’m pleased to report.
And for those who had a blast, more power to ya! Anytime this many people can be happy about something – anything – together, it’s hard to find too much fault in the matter.02/05/2014 at 7:07 pm #59507
I think eDog did the get off my yard thing. Anyway, both kids are back now, and they said it was massive.02/05/2014 at 7:16 pm #59508
I’m questioning the 700,000 figure. Usually event organizers have a big number the police have a smaller one. I’d be interested to hear what they say, especially considering how empty downtown was shortly after 5:00. Anyone know how much the Torchlight usually gets? But at the end of the day, it’s still a whole lotta peeps!
Hey, Edog: Get off MY lawn! (I would’ve gotten away with it, if not for you meddling kids!)02/05/2014 at 8:19 pm #59509
Once you get past, say, 250,000, it doesn’t really make any difference how big it is. Kind of like -30 degrees doesn’t really feel colder then -20 degrees.02/05/2014 at 10:09 pm #59514
Torchlight gets 300k. This was easily twice the crowd.
It was cold, but really fun.02/06/2014 at 7:18 am #59547
Th SPD said 700k, Paul Allen said 1 mil.
Got down there around 8:30 and froze. Man that was cold. Man that was worth it all. Will never forget yesterday.02/06/2014 at 7:32 am #59548
The best estimates for crowd size are now around 700,000. That’s amazing. If correct, that’s more than the current population of Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/populationdemographics/default.htm
Interesting that the cell phone networks were completely saturated at times in the area.
I gave everyone at my two businesses the day off, and I think all but one went to the parade. One guy actually got to 4th at 6 AM and there were already lots of people jostling for position.02/06/2014 at 8:20 am #59550
I was told people were chaining chairs up at 9 pm the night before and the people in front of me got there at 5 am or so. I saw just fine and got there 3.5 hours later if not 4 by the time I actually got to the spot.02/06/2014 at 9:12 am #59552
The 12’s were loud and proud. Over 700,000 people (estimated about 10,000 at corner where I was). With that crowd not one single arrest made.
Felt sorry for the kids who were by me and shaking and saying “are they here yet? Can we go home?” A three year old, approx, was on her dad’s shoulders & was shaking like crazy and her lower face was bright red, thin coat on. I was like really?02/06/2014 at 9:59 am #59553
Well yes, on behalf of all of us who actually work downtown let me say to all you slack jawed rubes from Sultan, Des Moines and Issaquah, get off my lawn!!!02/06/2014 at 12:58 pm #59587
So sorry that we inconvenienced you. Sure it was on everybody’s mind. I work downtown too and it didn’t bother me one bit. My boss let me go down (and I made up the time by staying later).
Get over it, Edog. You are in the minority of thinking about yesterday. And by the way, thanks for use of “your lawn.”02/06/2014 at 1:54 pm #59589
I can say I didn’t hurt anyone being downtown. Grant it, I would have been there anyway. I parked myself 1 block from work. Maybe I did walking to Fado and back to the bus. But doesn’t count02/06/2014 at 4:14 pm #59594
What does being in the minority have to do with it, Gracie? My opinion is mine, it is valid, and I choose to express it. You get over it.02/06/2014 at 4:21 pm #59595
I don’t mind being inconvenienced by the parade as much as I mind the implication that my preferences are invalid.02/06/2014 at 4:27 pm #59596
And who implied that Gam?02/06/2014 at 4:46 pm #59597
That’s how I read Gracie saying “Get over it, Edog. You are in the minority of thinking about yesterday.”. Perhaps that was not her intention.02/06/2014 at 7:41 pm #59604
My nephew’s family went from Edmonds on the train, had a great time, froze until the parade got started and everything sort of warmed up, didn’t get home until the wee small hours but like I said, had a memorial time.
GAM… you’re not a bit old, buddy, just gettin’ started.02/07/2014 at 8:15 am #59631
GAM, it wasn’t my intention. Sorry for misunderstanding. Edog’s feeling about the parade was in the minority as shown by the 700,000 people who showed up.
Sorry Edog to you too and can see where you felt I was nigating your opinion – which you are certainly entitled to.
There were even people from Houston, Texas media there. The reporter did her thing right in front of us & asked if we would holler when she finished her statement and said “parade.”02/07/2014 at 9:47 pm #59682
No worries Gracie!
I just saw this article about how many people were really there. Spoiler: Far less than 700K
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