Seems like every year I hope to take my wife to the parade, but I always wind up having to work. So I catch bits and pieces of it on the webcam when I can.
As for the bar scene...welll I used to do that, was a barrel of fun but that's for the young'uns.
I still remember driving down Main (when you could still drive down Main) in my Ford Mustang which had a T-roof, and seeing a guy heave a six-pack of cans across the street directly over the top of my car.
And I remember the awful couple of years when they banned outdoor drinking, causing everybody to cram body-to-body into the bars. That almost killed the party because you literally couldn't even move around. Then somebody had the idea to block off the street and have street dances, which created the scene you have today.