The Straits Times
Published on Nov 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Day marked with parades, feasts in wake of Sandy


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by cheering parades and cooking sumptuous feasts, some sharing the bounty at East Coast emergency shelters to say thanks for what they still had after Superstorm Sandy caused widespread damage throughout the region.

"We're trying to do it Pilgrim style," said Mr Louis DeCarolis, 51, roasting a turkey in a fire pit marked by an American flag and dug into the front yard of his son's home in Rockaway Beach, Queens, that lost power when it was flooded by the deadly storm.

Thousands of area residents are coping with the loss of homes, businesses and loved ones. At an emergency shelter in another coastal community, Belle Harbor, Queens, red cloths and red and pink roses graced tables groaning with trays of stuffing and pumpkin pies for people displaced by the historic storm that destroyed homes and businesses in New York and New Jersey.

In Texas, the crush of holiday road traffic was blamed for a massive, high-speed pileup of up to 150 vehicles on a fog-bound interstate near Beaumont that killed at least two people and injured up to 120, a sheriff's spokesman said.