Thanksgiving: Americans mark Thanksgiving ‘closer than usual’; ‘We are back’, says Biden – Times of India – India Times English News

New Delhi: “After two years, we are back. America is back. There is nothing that we are unable to overcome,” the President Joe Biden He told an NBC broadcaster on the phone when he saw Macy’s broadcast Thanks Parade in New York City with his family from Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Thursday.
After staying mostly indoors last year, Americans marked “more than usual” Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, four days after an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin state. In which six people including eight people died. Year.
The president, who is in Nantucket for the holiday weekend, wished Americans a happy and almost normal Thanksgiving Thursday, the second one celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a video greeting recorded with the First Lady, the President said, “As we give thanks for what we have, we also hold in our hearts those who are lost and those who have lost much.” Have given.” Huh.” jill biden At the White House before the trip to Nantucket.
On Nantucket, Bidens visited the Coast Guard station at Brent Point to meet with American soldiers from around the world, in addition to personnel on the station. “I am grateful to these people,” the president said, referring to the Coast Guard members standing directly in front of him on the field that he was grateful for.
Earlier, amidst cheers and waves of well-wishers, Bidens reached the Coast Guard station on bikes.
From Nantucket, the Bidens even called in the nearly century-old Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, joking briefly with NBC broadcaster Al Roker.
‘Full of celebration and life’
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade holiday tradition, closed last year due to Kovid-19
Taking precautions, he returned fully on Thursday, completing his 95th year. With vaccinations and booster shots, spectators lined the route again as some 8,000 participants joined the parade, which included hundreds of clowns, dozens of balloons and floats and, of course, Santa Claus, as marching bands played across the country. Parade staff and volunteers were to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wore masks.
“It really made Thanksgiving feel very festive and full of life,” said 23-year-old interior design firm assistant Sierra Guardiola, after watching the spectacle in a turkey-shaped hat.
“It feels like the whole spirit of New York has come and gathered so that we can be together,” said Sebastian Pompey-Skolkoff, a schoolteacher.
Last Thanksgiving, with no vaccines available and the virus beginning winter in New York, parades were limited to one block and sometimes pre-taped. Most of the cast was local to cut down on travel, and giant balloons were tied to vehicles rather than handled by volunteers. Spectators were not allowed.
With a Wisconsin memory, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that there was no credible, specific threat to the Thanksgiving parade, but security was widespread. This included thousands of police officers, heavy weapons crews, radiation and chemical sensors and more than 300 additional cameras, as well as sand-laden garbage trucks and concrete barriers blocking cars from the parade route and bomb detection dogs.
Entertainers and celebrities included Carrie Underwood, John Battist, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Miss America Camille Shearer and the band Foreigner, among many others. Several Broadway musical artists and the Radio City Rockets also performed.
Football, parties and more…
Not only the parade, Americans also flocked to packed football stadiums, traveling for family feasts on Thursdays and gathering more freely to celebrate Thanksgiving Day traditions.
Reuters news agency cited figures from the American Automobile Association, according to which an estimated 53.4 million people were expected to travel for Thanksgiving, a 13% increase from 2020.
US officials on Wednesday ramped up air traffic, screening 2.31 million people at travel checkpoints, up 88% of the volume screened on the same day in 2019. This was the highest checkpoint volume since the pandemic on April 13, 2020, at 87,534. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein wrote on Twitter.

Fans also packed Ford Field Stadium in Detroit for the first of three National Football League games on Thursday, with no stands compared to last year.
The midnight after Thanksgiving also marks the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. But this year, retailers began promoting holiday “deals” online in early September.
a brief History
The annual national holiday in the United States and Canada is mostly a celebration of a good harvest and other blessings. The holiday is believed to date back to the 17th century, when pilgrims from Europe and Native Americans gathered to share the bounty of autumn—a celebration of goodwill before a massacre.
According to Britannica, Thanksgiving is believed to have been prepared in 1621 on a harvest feast shared by English pilgrims/colonists from the Plymouth and Wampanoag peoples. Plymouth’s thanksgiving began with some colonists “corrupting” it. However, about 90 Wampanoag people made a surprise appearance at the gates of the English settlement, leaving the 50-odd colonists upset. However, both groups socialized over the next few days without incident.
Nowadays, the long holiday weekend is synonymous with families scattered across the country, who come together mainly for turkey and desert, colorful parades and holiday food to mark the start of the festive (read shopping) season. Huh.
As well as an opportunity to count your blessings, Thanksgiving inspires the poor and hungry to donate as well.
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