Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

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Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of Macy's balloons at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats south on Sixth Avenue during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Paddington Bear balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santa Claus attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy ballon floats during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Wicked Witch of the West mascot takes part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A view of the Snoopy float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons of Kiss sticks his tongue out as the band comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014. Kiss performed a medley of their hits for an estimated 3.5 million people who lined the parade route. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pokemon balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Papa Smurf balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Thomas the Tank Engine balloon floast in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Lucy Hale attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Kelly Heisler and her son Gordon Heisler, age 2, watch the Spider-Man float go by during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Hello Kitty balloon floats in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon'' floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Meghan Trainor attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch from balconies as a baloon passes during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Joel Madden and Benji Madden attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Cole Swindell attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Rocjettes perform at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Becky G attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Becky G (C) performs on the Nickelodeon's Dora and Friends: Into The City float which makes its debut at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: MKTO performs on the Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon is seen in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer/actress Lucy Hale performs during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer Becky G attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Elf on a Shelf balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Revellers take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Planters Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Ronald McDonald Balloon floats during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Papa Smurf balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Planters Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake from 'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santa Claus attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake from 'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Skylanders Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pikachu balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Diary of a Sboopy balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake fromÊ'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Crowds gather on Sixth Avenue to view the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pilgrim Man and Pilgrim Woman take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Toothless from 'How to Train Your Dragon' comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014.The giant balloons, a signature feature of the parade, made their debut in 1927. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Elf on the Shelf ballon comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2014. The giant balloons, a signature feature of the parade, made their debut in 1927. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Spiderman balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The red Power Ranger balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Ronald McDonald balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Skylanders Eruptor balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pokemon balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spectators watch the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon as it passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and t is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spectators watch the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a window on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats south on Sixth Avenue during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy balloon floats south during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Thomas the Tank Engine balloon floast in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People in hotel windows watch Baloons float down 6th Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Ed Weilage of Manhattan, New York attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Pikachu balloon go by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Paddington Bear ballon floats near in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Spider-Man balloon go by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Paddington Bear balloon is seen in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Baloons float down 6th Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The SpongeBob SquarePants baloon floats overhead during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon'' floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch from balconies as a baloon passes during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Piccachu balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spiderman balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Elf on the Shelf Balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Papa Smurf Balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Float is flown at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon' balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Roanald McDonald Balloon is flown at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spiderman balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Red Power Ranger floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Children watch Balloons at they float by at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Here's a look at how Americans are celebrating:

A MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY SUCCESS

Heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters protected spectators of all ages who lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.

Before the parade was over, snow flurries had replaced drizzle as thousands of people discovered they could get no closer than a long block away from the colorful spectacle.

"I can't go to the front. I can only see from here," said Ivan Souza of Florianopolis, Brazil, as he watched with his wife and two children.

Daryl Winchester, 17, of Queens, was luckier, snagging a front-row spot across the street from grandstands where the parade began.

"This is great. It's nice to feel so festive for the holidays," she said as she took pictures, waved and shouted encouragement to parade participants.

Shannon Hampton, a Lakeland, Florida, resident celebrating her 18th birthday with a friend said the parade was exciting.

"My favorite part has to be the balloons because they are so much bigger in person than you think they would be," she said.

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Big Sean attends America's Thankgiving's Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Tony Award winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel performs on The Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Lindt)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Big Sean attends America's Thankgiving's Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Vanilla Ice attends America's Thanksgiving's Day parade on November 27, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: (L to R) Musicians Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Tommy Thayer, of KISS, attend the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Television personality Sandra Lee (L) and musician Gene Simmons attend the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Musicians Joel Madden (L) and Benji Madden take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of the snow covered facade of the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spngebob balloon handlers attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santas elves attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singers Malcolm David Kelley (L) and Tony Oller, of MKTO, attend the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Musician Gene Simmons, of KISS, attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protestor being arrested while protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protestors protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protestor being arrested while protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protestor being arrested while protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Renee Fleming attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Miss USA Nia Sanchez attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Children play Hockey on the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Float during The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Actress Allison WIlliams attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Actress Quvenzhane Wallis attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: TV personalities Savannath Guthrie (L) and Matt Lauer attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: TV personality Matt Lauer attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Actress Quvenzhane Wallis attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Puppets Ernie (L) and Bert of Sesame Street attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Idina Menzel attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Tommy Thayer of KISS attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Idina Menzel attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer Nick Jonas attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Actors Brynn O'Malley, Rob McClure and Tony Danza with the cast of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' perform at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer Becky G performs during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Miss USA Nia Sanchez attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: (L to R) Musicians Thomas Silvers, Ryan Wheeler, Riley McDonough, Connor McDonough, and Toby McDonough, of Before You Exit, attend the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
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HOW THE FIRST FAMILY IS CELEBRATING

President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics.

There's thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, braised winter greens and macaroni and cheese. Don't forget the green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls.

If there's room for dessert, the Obamas can pick from among six pies: banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry.

Obama says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday "because, more than any other, it is uniquely American."

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is flanked by his daughters Sasha (2ndR), Malia (R), Cole Cooper (L) and his father National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper (2ndL) before he pardoned 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac (not shown,) both 20-week old 48-pound Turkeys, as his daughters Sasha (3rd R), Malia (R) and Cole Cooper (L) and his father National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper (2nd L) during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
It's a presidential tradition to "pardon" a turkey on the eve of every Thanksgiving -- and now we know where the lucky birds go to retire.
Congrats #TeamCheese. President Obama just announced that your bird is the 2014 National #Thanksgiving Turkey! http://t.co/vcdjMDpsnR
The National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' is seen during the annual ceremony in front of US President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) look on after pardoning 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac both, 20-week old 48-pound Turkeys, during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Malia Obama listens to her father U.S. President Barack Obama speak before pardoning 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac both, 20-week old 48-pound during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia after he pardoned 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac both, 20-week old 48-pound Turkeys, during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) stands after he pardoned 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac (not shown,) both 20-week old 48-pound Turkeys, as his daughters Sasha (2nd R), Malia (R) and Cole Cooper (L) and his father National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper (2nd L) during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' during the annual ceremony in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. From left: Cole Cooper, who raised the turkey, his father National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper, Sasha Obama, and Malia Obama, the daughters of US President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' during the annual ceremony in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys will be pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys will be pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: President Barack Obama with his daughters by his side, Sasha and malia, ceremoniously pardonPopcorn the turkey during the annual 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony on the north portico of the White House on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The turkey, and turkey alternate, will be driven to George Washingtons Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. And will be on display for visitors during Christmas at Mount Vernon, through January 6. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Cobbler, the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, is seen during a Rose Garden turkey pardon event November 21, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. After pardoned by President Barack Obama, Cobbler and its companion Gobbler will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Barack Obama hands out food to the needy for Thanksgiving at the Capitol Area Food Bank on November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama also marked the Thanksgiving holiday today with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon at the White House. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
Malia Obama (R) greets guests after the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama applauds while National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen holds the turkey named Cobbler during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon on November 21 , 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R), arrives for the pardoning of the turkey named 'Liberty' at the North Portico of the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) approaches the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey Cobbler as National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen (2nd L) and handler Bob Evans (L) hold the turkey during a Rose Garden turkey pardon event November 21, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Cobbler and its companion Gobbler will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia in the Rose Garden of the White House during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC, with the turkey Cobbler. Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The turkeys were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia. AFP Photo/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha (R) arrive for the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21 , 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cobbler is seen before being pardoned by US President Barack Obama before the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon on November 21 , 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greet guests as his daughter Malia looks on after the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21 , 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (2nd L) pets Cobbler with his daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) in the Rose Garden of the White House during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC, with National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen (L). Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The turkeys were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia. AFP Photo/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (3rd-R) pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, November 23, 2011 with his daughters Sasha (2nd-R) and Malia (R) as Chairman of the National Turkey Federation Richard Huisinga (3rd-L) holding the 45-pound (17kg) bird named 'Liberty'. Each Thanksgiving, the President 'pardons' a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone's dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a farm or petting zoo. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Sasha Obama pets a turkey named 'Liberty' after her father, U.S. President Barack Obama pardoned it at the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama smiles at his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha during the annual pardon of the Thanksgiving Turkey November 24, 2010 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by his daughters Sasha (C), Malia (2nd-R), and National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga (L) as he pardons 'Liberty', a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks as his daughter Malia looks on during the annual pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey November 24, 2010 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: Handlers keep a 20-week old and 45-pound turkey named 'Courage' moving in a limited area during a presidential pardon at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks as his daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (3rd R) look on during the annual pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey November 24, 2010 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Supervising 'Apple' the National Thanksgiving Turkey is National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' is seen during the annual ceremony in front of US President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' during the annual ceremony in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. From left: Cole Cooper, who raised the turkey, his father National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper, Sasha Obama, and Malia Obama, the daughters of US President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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FERGUSON PROTESTS NEAR PARADE

About six protesters chanting "Justice for Mike Brown!" were handcuffed Thursday after they tried to march toward the parade route, the New York Post reported. The New York Police Department told The Associated Press there were some arrests near the parade but didn't immediately provide details.

"We will not tolerate, under any circumstances, any effort to disrupt this parade," police Commissioner William Bratton said earlier Thursday. "This is a national event, a historic event. Anybody who would seek to interrupt it would be callous, indeed, on this very special day."

Protests in New York have remained peaceful since a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who killed the unarmed Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protester holds a sign during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: An unidentified person is arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Unidentified people are arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protester holds a sign during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: An unidentified person is arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: An unidentified person is arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protestor being arrested while protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protestors protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protestor being arrested while protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protestor being arrested while protesting against the grand jury announcement on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protesters hold signs during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: An unidentified person is arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: An unidentified person is arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A protester holds a sign during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protesters hold signs during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade at on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protesters hold signs during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protesters hold signs during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Protesters hold signs during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers try to clear 6th Avenue of protestors for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision during the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: An unidentified person is arrested for alleged plans to disrupt Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the Ferguson decision on November 27, 2014 on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A view of the Snoopy float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Pikachu balloon go by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Paddington Bear ballon floats near in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Spider-Man balloon go by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Paddington Bear balloon is seen in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Baloons float down 6th Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The SpongeBob SquarePants baloon floats overhead during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon'' floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch from balconies as a baloon passes during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Piccachu balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spiderman balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Elf on the Shelf Balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Papa Smurf Balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Float is flown at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon' balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Roanald McDonald Balloon is flown at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spiderman balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Red Power Ranger floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Children watch Balloons at they float by at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of Macy's balloons at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santa Claus attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy ballon floats during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Wicked Witch of the West mascot takes part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons of Kiss sticks his tongue out as the band comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014. Kiss performed a medley of their hits for an estimated 3.5 million people who lined the parade route. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pokemon balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Papa Smurf balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Thomas the Tank Engine balloon floast in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Lucy Hale attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Kelly Heisler and her son Gordon Heisler, age 2, watch the Spider-Man float go by during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats south on Sixth Avenue during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Hello Kitty balloon floats in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon'' floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Meghan Trainor attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch from balconies as a baloon passes during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Joel Madden and Benji Madden attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Cole Swindell attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Rocjettes perform at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Becky G attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Becky G (C) performs on the Nickelodeon's Dora and Friends: Into The City float which makes its debut at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: MKTO performs on the Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon is seen in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer/actress Lucy Hale performs during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer Becky G attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Paddington Bear balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Elf on a Shelf balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Revellers take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Planters Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Ronald McDonald Balloon floats during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Papa Smurf balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Planters Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake from 'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santa Claus attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake from 'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Skylanders Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pikachu balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Diary of a Sboopy balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake fromÊ'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Crowds gather on Sixth Avenue to view the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pilgrim Man and Pilgrim Woman take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Toothless from 'How to Train Your Dragon' comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014.The giant balloons, a signature feature of the parade, made their debut in 1927. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Elf on the Shelf ballon comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2014. The giant balloons, a signature feature of the parade, made their debut in 1927. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Spiderman balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The red Power Ranger balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Ronald McDonald balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Skylanders Eruptor balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pokemon balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spectators watch the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon as it passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and t is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spectators watch the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a window on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats south on Sixth Avenue during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy balloon floats south during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Thomas the Tank Engine balloon floast in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People in hotel windows watch Baloons float down 6th Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Ed Weilage of Manhattan, New York attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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SOAKING IN THE SCENE

"This is great. It's nice to feel so festive for the holidays," said spectator Daryl Winchester, 17, of Queens, as she took pictures, waved and shouted encouragement to parade participants.

Like bedazzled rock fans who land coveted stage-front spots, she and her cousins were lucky enough to score the front row of a 20-person-deep crowd.

"Family makes things better," said her cousin Maria Winchester, also a 17-year-old from Queens.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Through the Years
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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade- First Parade, 1926 (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
A not-too-ferocious dragon caught fancy of crowd at 1931 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
With a dopey clown and the kind of hippo you see only in a hangover, Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade trundles down Central Park West. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Oink Oink! This gigantic grunting porter doesn't look as though he need to be afraid of any bad wolf, no matter how big. He was one of the features of Macy's parade down Broadway. His 'oinks' were heard far and wide. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
A rooftop view of the 1946 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 22: One of characters Mighty Mouse in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade mugs for the crowd as he hogs the spotlight in Times Square. An estimated 400,000 watches the show. (Photo by Nick Petersen/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 22: Big bird Turkey 'Gorgeous Gobbler,' one of the balloon stars in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was moving along well. A million fans lined Our Town's streets to watch the fun. (Photo by Hal Mathewson/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: A clown whose 'head' is in danger of blowing away becomes big favorite with kiddies jamming street along Central Park West at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. (Photo by George Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 27: Nicole Grauer's 50-yard-line seat for Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is on third floor of 1 Times Square. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Cross-eyed? Well, if you were as full of helium as Bullwinkle is... you would be also in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. (Photo by Mel Finkelstein/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
High-kicking young ladies during the Macy's Day Parade at Thanksgiving in New York City, 26th November 1961. A number of tableaux behind commemorate landmarks in the city's history. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 26: Clowns light up the faces of children watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Central Park West. (Photo by Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: The Rockettes perform during the 1966 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Hosts Betty White and Lorne Greene during the 1968 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: An overhead view of the 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
A marching band followed by Arthur balloon during the 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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RECORD-SETTING HOPES

The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University. Asked where that's located, drummer Will Walker said with a chuckle: "It's a dot on the map you will never hear from the rest of your life."

The musicians from Cullowhee, North Carolina, hoped to set two records Thursday: one for most cymbal players (55) and one for largest band (505 members).

"It still hasn't hit me that I'm in the Macy's parade," said cymbal player Alyric Rich.

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IN THE DARK

Power outages from the first major snowstorm of the season forced some in the Northeast to celebrate Thanksgiving much like the pilgrims and Native Americans did almost 400 years ago - in the dark.

The outages were particularly bad in northern New England, where about 180,000 customers remained without power in New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon and about 80,000 without electricity in Maine.

More than 35,000 New York utility customers were without power Thursday afternoon and about 15,000 customers lacked power in New Jersey.

In Putney, Vermont, Mike Mrowicki was in the middle of baking squash and making apple-cranberry crisp when his lights flickered off. Mrowicki said Thursday that they will improvise on their meal for 10 people.

"We've got a gas stove, and we've got a woodstove we heat with," Mrowicki said. "We've got plenty of lanterns and candles."

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Upstate New York lake-effect snow 11/21/2014
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Shoveling the roof in Lake View south of #Buffalo #Snovember http://t.co/H5xRwDIY5W
Roof collapses reported in Buffalo after massive storm dumps 7 feet of snow. http://t.co/YR0OkLp2J6 http://t.co/5QqUQevTFQ
Snow-covered Buffalo area faces new risk: flooding http://t.co/NBj5um2TlM http://t.co/8sdGq3fvD4
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the five feet of snow from a roof top on November 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Sydney, a six year old Golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
Igloos? No. These are homes in Cheektowaga, NY -- outside Buffalo. http://t.co/JISxjcA5gZ
Buffalo, NY was hit with 6-10 feet of snow. That's legit crazy http://t.co/UEXxFAd1gh
Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills head to Detroit http://t.co/cdg76edkJC http://t.co/54ocRi1Yjn
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Norbert Schnorr attempts to remove some of the five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Sydney, a six year old Golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the five feet of snow from a roof top on November 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Mike Ostrander tries to remove some of the five feet of snow from his roof on November 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Olivia Ahmed makes her way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)