Once I see a parade, I'm never really one to go back to it. I'll do the parades at Disney's Halloween and Christmas parties mainly because they only happen once a year and they're usually a big step up from their normal parades. But as for going out and waiting for the night time or 3 o'clock parades on an average day, maybe I'll sit down and watch once or twice a year just to see if something has changed.
I think the parades could benefit from a constant change up, something to keep repeat visitors coming back to sit again and again. And I'm not talking a big change, maybe just throw a different character in every now and again. Keep everything a bit fresh.
Overall I'd say, I'm a parade by passer, but if you surprise me or give me a reason to go watch then yep, my butt will be planted on the curb.
And then I go back to skipping them. The lesson is, as always, that I make no sense whatsoever.
Actually, my Mom was into that kinda stuff, so on my first coupla visits in the mid and late 70's, we did view the parades at Disney. My interest now is below zero..but then again, the parks I go to nowadays are not exactly known for their parades.
The only time I've been completely defeated by a parade was during Universal's Horror Halloween Nights. The first time they had the parade, I watched with glee, but I was staying a couple of nights and didn't need to see it again. When the parade hits, everyone in the park is stuck in a small, one block radius for nearly and hour and half. You can't go ANYWHERE, and that seriously cuts back on your limited time when you're trying to visit as many haunted houses as possible in just a few hours. If I had more experience with Halloween Nights, I might have been able to be in a a haunted house or a line during the parade, but both nights it caught me unaware and I was stuck twiddling my thumbs for an hour and half, unable to reach any house or attraction during the parade.
With theme park crowds being what they are these days, particularly at Disneyland, I just as soon escape the crowds and ride the rides. Except that the ride you want is always on the other side of the parade route.
Yeah, I hate the parades.
The parade I miss the most is the Tapestry of Dreams/Nations at EPCOT: Massive puppets wandered the parade, moving floats of huge spinning drums were thumped in time to the music. Here's a good spot to still find it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI-jJniMoG0