2 years ago Tink and I tackled the Rose Parade. At the time she was pregnant and we had 4 little ones who had never been camping. I'd bought a queen size air mattress and some food, and we just did it. Well that year the kids managed to pop the air mattress among other things. Let's just say it was a "learning experience". Last year we didn't go because the baby was too small. This year we wanted to renew the tradition. We banked on past experience and overall we had a lot of fun.
The first thing to remember is that the only 2 ways of getting decent seats are to either camp out or buy bleacher tickets. You can chance showing up the next morning but usually it's crowded by then.
This year we went with 2 air mattresses and a small spool for a table. Tink and I knew roughly where we wanted to camp and the kids had already been camping before.
The 4 got their own queen mattress, just like when we're camping.
Tink and Baby got the other queen. I stay up just to keep a watch on everyone.
She had a few hours sleep... not fully rested but at least a little sleep.
The nice thing about air mattresses is that they deflate quickly, and store easily. We already had the air mattresses and pumps from our camping trip. The blankets were older ones we've had for years. All in all a MUCH better experience then two years ago.