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Thanksgiving in US: Turkey, parades, shopping

November 27, 2014

Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday.

The holiday, when American families gather to give thanks and share turkey feasts, is commonly traced to a 1621 feast by colonists and Native Americans.

Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.

It was around 37 degrees (3 Celsius) with a hint of drizzle and light winds as clowns shot a burst of confetti from canisters to get the show rolling.

Near the end of the parade route, about 50 protesters walked down the sidewalk carrying signs and chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” referring to the case of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri.

The New York Police Department told The Associated Press there were seven arrests near the parade but didn’t immediately provide details.

Rain and snow on Wednesday made getting around on one of the busiest travel days of the year a chaotic experience for some. The sloppy mixture caused hundreds of flights to be grounded in the Northeastern U.S.

Some travelers tried to beat the storm by flying out earlier, and airlines tried to be helpful by waiving re-booking fees. But many flights already were filled, leaving travelers with few options.

President Barack Obama and his family spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House with a belly-stuffing menu: thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, braised winter greens and macaroni and cheese. Also: green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and pies.

Obama He says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday “because, more than any other, it is uniquely American.”


Associated Press Writer Larry Neumeister contributed to this report.

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