If you want to find the perfect spot to watch the parade, you have to head out of your hotel early. Early means 5:00 or 6:00 AM. The parade usually starts at 8:00 AM so they close off the parade route to vehicles by 7:00 AM. Going early means you can still have a taxi take you to where you want before they close off the roads.
Session Road is usually the first choice for most tourists. Thus, it can get very crowded there, making it very difficult to see the parade up close unless you are there as early as 5:00 AM. Among the best spots are in front of Porta Vaga Mall, and at the corner of Session Road and the road that comes from the Cathedral.
If you want a less crowded spot, go nearer to the starting point. For the Street Dancing Parade that starts at Panagbenga Park along Upper Session, you can try looking for a post along the road, near Café by the Ruins DUA
and Mario’s Restaurant
, or the Caltex station
. The Float Parade starts in front of the DILG office, near SM Baguio
, so you can check out spots near Casa Vallejo
and the surrounding area.
Remember that you will likely get to watch the parade while sitting on the pavement, so if you don’t want to mess up your clothes, bring along something for you to sit on like a piece of old cardboard or a large plastic bag.