The central New York 2008 Parade of Homes is just around the corner, September 6 through the 21. The Parade represents many things to many people, and has become an anticipated event.
For the vast majority, it is an opportunity to dream a little. They are beautiful houses, typically done up "full tilt", and are impressive to see and experience, even if you don't think you'll ever own one. They also present some of the latest trends in decorating and, although less visible, latest technology in new construction. For some, this is the chance to walk through a house that has a floor plan you might be considering. You also get the chance to meet and talk to the builders directly and find out what they can do for you (and where).
For Realtors, it is an opportunity to catch up with each other and socialize, meet prospective new clients, soak in the new trends and tech themselves, and figure out how the different designs, set ups and floor plans might work for their existing clients. For builders, there is the added bonus of showing off a little bit, strut their stuff. Those are some top notch builders going into there. I think they deserve it.
But for everyone, even if they don't realize it at first, it is an opportunity to give to an organization that gives to the community. The Parade raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and I can't think of any better reason than that to attend.
For details, check out http://www.hbrcny.com/parade.html