Thanksgiving Day 2008

Nation celebrates with parades, feasts

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    Nov. 27, 2008: Ford Model T cars are driven during the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit. The centennial celebrations for the car that put the world on wheels, the Ford Model T, drew to a close today with a special appearance in the parade.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The Uncle Sam float is seen during the America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: Members of the Redford Township Unicycle Club participate in the America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The Popeye helium balloon heads towards the Chicago Theater during the Thanksgiving Day Parade down State Street in Chicago.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: Veronica Lewis, far right, hugs President-elect Barack Obama, as, from left, Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, look on as they handed out supplies and greeted people at a food bank at St. Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The Paddington Bear helium balloon sails towards the elevated tracks as a train passes by inside Chicago's famed Loop during the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: A U.S. Army soldier looks at caged turkeys on display outside the dining hall, which put on a lavish Thanksgiving spread, at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: Jack Gross, six, left, and his four year-old brother Tommy, right, from Chicago, react differently as they see Santa Claus at the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago's famed Loop.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: Abby Harris, 4, checks the wattle on a turkey greeting passengers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. Despite plummeting gas prices and unusual last-minute holiday deals on airplane tickets, more people are expected to stick close to home this Thanksgiving.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: President George W. Bush poses with 'Pumpkin' the turkey during the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. With him are members of the Hill family from Circle Hills Farm of Ellsworth, Iowa who donated the turkey.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: An unidentified White House staffer corrals 'Pumpkin' the turkey prior to the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: Members of the Trinity Valley Community College Cardettes from Athens, Texas march near City Hall, right, during the Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: Kevin Gallagher of Philadelphia watches clowns march by during the Thanksgiving day parade in Philadelphia.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The Smurf float is readied for a flight test at Balloonfest, in New York. Three new balloons were inflated and soared aloft ahead of their upcoming debut at the 82nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The turkey float makes its way down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, left, and fiance, actor Ross McCall, help serve the Los Angeles Mission and Anne Douglas Center's Thanksgiving meal for the homeless in Los Angeles. Actor Neal McDonough is seen in the rear.

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    Nov. 25, 2008: Janet Mares, center, and her daughter Monica, 9, receive food at the Grace Resource Center in Lancaster, Calif. The center provides a wide range of services from food banks, job training to social services, and is struggling to keep up with a huge influx of people needing assistance. A slumping economy is making many Americans more fearful than thankful.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: The Hello Kitty balloon floats down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

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    Nov. 27, 2008: U.S. soldiers wait in a line for Thanksgiving Day lunch at Bagram Air Base, 21 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: Workers prepare the Spongebob Squarepants balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. The parade will be celebrating its 82nd year on Thursday with about 3.5 million spectators expected to watch the pageant in person, with another 50 million tuning in on television to catch a glimpse of 28 floats, 10 marching bands and performances by Miley Cyrus, Trace Adkins, James Taylor and the Radio City Rockettes.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: New York’s 81st Street is illuminated as balloons are prepared for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, which celebrates its 82nd year.

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    Nov. 26, 2008: Jason Richards of Colorado Springs, Colo., holds a bouquet of flowers as he waits at Denver International Airport in Denver for the arrival of the plane carrying his girlfriend who is coming home for the Thanksgiving Day holiday from Lincoln, Neb., where she attends the University of Nebraska.

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    The Thanksgiving feast shuttle astronauts will eat in space is displayed Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Clockwise from upper left: green beans and mushrooms, candied yams, cranapple dessert, cornbread stuffing and smoked turkey. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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