The one funny thing I noticed during this year's parade was just how many phones were out. I suppose it's because there were so few back in 2009 (the iPhone was only two years old at the time and cell phone cameras were barely better than a GameBoy back then) but so many people spent the entire parade either looking through a screen or moving their arm around to get a perfect angle. Logically it made no sense; the news was sure to get tons of pictures WAY better than anything that any of us could take (like the one below) and we're all looking at the exact same thing so why bother taking pictures. I took two or three quick shots of the Stanley Cup, but otherwise I was sure to keep my phone in my pocket and just enjoy the moment.
But I suppose I can understand why people took the pictures they did; it's not about documenting the moment, it's about remembering your specific, personal, perspective. It's the reason people take pictures of Mt. Rushmore, the Eiffel Tower, or the Grand Canyon...it's not that you saw and want to remember what it looks like, it's that you want to remember being there. While I'd like to think I'll remember being at the parade with photos (because I didn't take many), I can see why so many people felt the need to take blurry shots of guys sitting on cars. It's not about who was in the parade, but about who watched it.