I tend to avoid parades for the simple fact that parents do not control their children. They think because you claim a spot you can let your kids run wild. I can't count how many times I have sat on the sidewalk and been kicked, stepped on, and rammed into by kids because the parents are letting them go crazy while waiting for the parade to start.
When I saw the Soundsational parade last year I sat on a bench in front of the Main Street train station far away from the sidewalks. It was amazing to see how many CM's had to lead children away from the street during the parade because the parents kept letting the kids run toward the characters.