Balloons and Spirits Soar During Thanksgiving Parades

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a cold and windy Thanksgiving in the East, but that's not stopped some cherished traditions from continuing.

Gusty winds limited use of balloons during the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, but in New York City, handlers kept a tight leash on Snoopy, SpongeBob, the Pillsbury Doughboy and 13 others as they flew through the canyons of Manhattan.

The cheering throngs in New York were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining. Some in the crowd lifted small children onto their shoulders.

Elsewhere in the country, Thanksgiving traditions were largely unaffected by the weather. Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland served as grand marshal of Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parade. Revelers braved snow showers and slick roads to attend the festivities.

And after the parades, there are feasts. In New York City, volunteers from Citymeals-on-Wheels have been helping elderly residents of neighborhoods affected by Superstorm Sandy to a restaurant feast. The organization funded more than 20,000 Thanksgiving meals, including 13,000 delivered in advance to homebound elderly.

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