I have a question regarding the parade, if I am not holding a ticket, how much of the parade would I be able to view? i.e. Will the area around be blockaded? :/

Hoping to get an answer from CSers who might have gone down in the past

P.S. Not trying to be cheapo, but I can't confirm whether I would be able to make it, so I don't wanna waste $40 this year... D: