Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Biden Calls In To Macy’s Parade: “America’s Back”

The Today Show reports: After a year off as a scaled-down affair due to the pandemic, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returned in full force this year, with one very special guest calling in. President Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden called TODAY’s Al Roker during the festivities. “Oh my gosh, look at who’s calling,” Al said, while pointing …

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LIVE VIDEO: 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC News reports: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. And Baby Yoda is joining the party for the first time. This year’s parade — the 95th annual — will snap back …

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US COVID Cases Spiking Ahead Of Holiday Weekend

The New York Times reports: Federal medical teams have been dispatched to Minnesota to help at overwhelmed hospitals. Michigan is enduring its worst case surge yet, with daily caseloads doubling since the start of November. Even New England, where vaccination rates are high, is struggling, with Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire trying to contain major outbreaks. Nationally, case levels remain …

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Target: We Will No Longer Be Open On Thanksgiving

The Associated Press reports: Target will no longer open its stores on Thanksgiving Day, making permanent a shift to the unofficial start of the holiday season that was suspended during the pandemic. To limit crowds in stores, retailers last year were forced to turn what had become a weekend shopping blitz into an extended event, with holiday sales beginning as …

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White House Unveils Turkeys To Be Pardoned By Biden

Reuters reports: President Joe Biden will pardon two turkeys from Indiana named Peanut Butter and Jelly at the White House, carrying on a decades-old tradition. The birds were featured in a short video the White House tweeted out Thursday, perched on side-by-side hotel-style beds with crested headboards. In 1947, President Harry Truman was the first recipient of a bird gifted …

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Forecasters: “Major Storm” May Snarl Holiday Travel

AccuWeather reports: AccuWeather meteorologists are cautioning that a major stormy pattern could prove disruptive for millions of Americans who are planning to get a head start on Thanksgiving travel. The concern forecasters have is that a significant storm could rapidly strengthen and cause a host of disruptions from the Midwest to portions of the Great Lakes, interior Northeast and mid-Atlantic …

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Macy’s Parade To Return To Pre-COVID Traditions

The Associated Press reports: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. This year’s parade — the 95th annual — will snap back to form after bowing to pandemic restrictions last year. It …

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade To Return [VIDEO]

ABC New York reports: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year, with precautions. The City of New York and Macy’s made the announcement about the parade’s return on Wednesday. This is the parade’s 95th year. Last year’s celebration was made for TV only, but this year’s parade will include spectators and march on the streets of Manhattan on …

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Mayor’s Office: NYC’s Cases Spiked After Thanksgiving

The New York Daily News reports: In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, health experts had warned against travel, large gatherings and flouting face-mask guidelines during the holiday — and new data shared with the Daily News shows COVID-19 took a toll on New Yorkers who ignored that advice. The number of coronavirus cases in New York City sharply escalated …

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Thanksgiving All Day Open Thread

On what is surely the most unusual Thanksgiving Day of our lives, use this post to weigh in with your favorite dishes and recipes. Tell us about your plans for the day and how they’re different from Thanksgivings in the Before Times. I’ll bump this post up throughout the day as news items arise. Typically this is the slowest news …

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NYC’s LGBT Marching Band Performs “Dancing Queen” In Macy’s Parade In Tribute To Canceled Pride [VIDEO]

The Atlantic reports: The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, one of the first queer marching bands in the United States, was founded in 1979 in New York City, a decade after the Stonewall uprising. This year, the Big Apple Corps reached what Marita Begley, the group’s director, called “the mountaintop”: Today it became the first openly LGBTQ group to …

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LIVE VIDEO: 94th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The New York Post reports: The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade may not have been canceled by the coronavirus, but there are some radical alterations to help adhere to social-distancing mandates for 2020. The biggest change: The bash will be tailored exclusively to television audiences. Despite the new format, organizers promise an equally grand spectacle. “Thanksgiving looks a lot …

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Trump’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: I Encourage All Americans To Gather In Homes And Places Of Worship

Issued last night by the White House: This Thanksgiving, we reaffirm our everlasting gratitude for all that we enjoy, and we commemorate the legacy of generosity bestowed upon us by our forbearers. Although challenges remain, we will never yield in our quest to live up to the promise of our heritage. As we gather with our loved ones, we resolve …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Coronavirus Response

The New York Times reports: President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose team is finally free to coordinate transition planning, is hurriedly attempting to fill a void in pandemic response leadership left by President Trump, who has largely ignored the escalating 2,000-death-a-day crisis and made few public appearances since the election. Mr. Biden is expected to take a major step next …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

First, a flashback to two years ago: CNN’s John Berman took time on Tuesday to air a clip of the president when he held the White House Turkey Pardon back in 2018. This was the year where two turkeys, “Peas” and “Carrots,” were put to a vote on the White House’s website, and the winner would officially receive Trump’s pardon. …

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CDC Recommends Against Traveling For Thanksgiving

USA Today reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against travel for Thanksgiving. During a press briefing Thursday, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said the agency is “recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period.” “The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members from coming to this family gathering and they …

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Trumps To Skip Thanksgiving Trip to Mar-A-Lago

The Hill reports: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not travel to Florida to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago this year, marking a break with tradition for the first family as the president refuses to accept defeat in the 2020 election. Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff for the first lady, tweeted that Melania Trump and the president will …

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Fauci: You Should Consider Canceling Thanksgiving

CBS News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell that the United States needs to redouble its efforts to contain the coronavirus as we enter the fall and winter months. The surge could be made worse as families across the country travel and gather for the holiday …

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GOBBLE AWAY: Thanksgiving All Day Open Thread

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Tell us today about your traditions, your travels, your favorite recipes, and your favorite Turkey Day disasters. Tell us about Thanksgivings with your biological families and your logical families, as Armistead Maupin so aptly puts in. Tonight I’ll dine with my logical family here in New York City and I’ll lift my glass to all of you.

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LIVE VIDEO: 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Billboard reports: There’s no better way to kick off the holiday feast than by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now in its 93rd year, this year’s parade will include performances by the likes of Celine Dion, Lea Michele, Idina Menzel, Kelly Rowland, Ozuna, Chicago and Natasha Bedingfield, plus brand-new balloons featuring Astronaut Snoopy, Spongebob Squarepants, Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs …

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