Sherre Chaplen, 49, of Thomaston, Conn., said she was surprised by the energy of the clowns and musicians, who are often overshadowed by the balloons on television.
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"This was on the bucket list," she said. "It's so much different seeing it live than at home. It's something everyone should do at least once in a lifetime."