Paddington balloon floats above its handlers as they
take it for a practice run around the parking lot at
CitiField, Nov. 8th in New York. The balloon will be
one of six new characters making its debut at the
88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade including
Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, Skylanders Eruptor,
Thomas the Tank Engine and Red Mighty Morphin Power
- 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.
look at how Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving.
IN THE SKY
nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will
include six new giant balloons including Thomas the Tank
Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power
Ranger. The annual event brings out throngs of people
along its midtown Manhattan parade route, ending in front
of the store's flagship location.
Wednesday, passers-by on the Upper West Side got a sneak
preview, as the giant balloons were inflated with helium
in the neighborhood around the American Museum of Natural
really cool, they're huge," said San Francisco
resident Ella Missan. Daisy Elliot of Boston, who said
she's been coming to see the balloons since she was
little, agreed. "It's really exciting for me to see
the balloons year after year," she said.
parade's executive producer, Amy Kule, said organizers
were glad wintry weather that made sidewalks slick and
travel treacherous on Wednesday was expected to be gone by
suffering through a little bit of this now but the end
result is really going to be a beautiful parade," she
over-turned automobile on Interstate 84 snarls
traffic, Wednesday in Vernon, Conn. The National
Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning,
calling for snow during the day on Wednesday,
changing to rain and snow in the evening with rain
and snow showers possible on Thanksgiving day.
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 Northeast.
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.
weren't much better. By midafternoon, the line between
rain and snow went along Interstate 95, the major roadway
connecting Boston to Washington, and accidents abounded.
Snowfall totals were expected to be as much as 6 to 12
inches in the higher elevations west of I-95.
estimated that 41.3 million travelers would be on the road
between Wednesday and Sunday. That's up 4.3 percent from
wait in Montgomery Regional Airport, on Wednesday in
Montgomery, Ala. A sloppy mix of rain and snow
rolled into the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday as
millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving
holiday getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and
turning highways hazardous on what is typically one
of the country's busiest travel days of the year.
delight of some and consternation of others, it's
increasingly become commonplace to see stores open on
Thanksgiving, as retailers try to entice shoppers inside
and kick off the holiday shopping season a day earlier
than the traditional Black Friday. Some of the stores open
for at least part of the day on the holiday include Kmart,
Target, Sears, Macy's and Wal-Mart. Other stores, like
Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom and Costco, are closed.