Thanksgiving parade brings cheer to storm-hit NYC
NEW YORK (AP) - The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
The American harvest holiday came as portions of the north-east still were reeling from Sandy's havoc, and volunteers planned to serve thousands of turkey dinners to people left homeless or struggling.
The young, and the young at heart, were delighted by the sight and sound of marching bands, performers and, of course, the giant balloons.
The weather was a sunny 8.3 deg C. Some parade-goers had camped out to get a good spot, staying snug in sleeping bags. Others came well-prepared with folding chairs.