Photo by myself in front of Macy's in Herald Square, around 34th Street and 6th Avenue.
It was general mayhem on Wednesday afternoon, the air abuzz with anticipation of the Thanksgiving parade. The metal grandstands and areas for the press were set up, and the elaborate window displays at Macy's were on full view.
All the festive windows had colorful moving parts, drawing fascinated kids and adults.
Yes, they're all set up for the annual Thanksgiving Parade, that tours more than forty blocks from Columbus Avenue in the Upper West Side to the Macy's store in midtown. The parade route is lined with blue 'Do Not Cross' signs, and you can sense the anticipation in the air. Thanksgiving also marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
Mark and I will be spending Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Brooklyn; one friends' Korean grandmother will be cooking traditional foods, so we are planning to starve ourselves beforehand.
This holiday comes at a poignant time, as everyone feels a bit insecure because of the economy. Perhaps it is good timing to take stock of what things in our lives we do have.
Mark is coming off a stressful assignment and is taking the rest of the year off from work. This time is slow in his industry anyway, and he will spend quality time with Rupert and Dida. Rupert, our four month old Boston Terrier, is going through a disobedient phase, chasing our middle-aged cat Dida any chance he can. It makes for a circus atmosphere at home.
Thanksgiving in America is one of the busiest traveling periods of the year, as families reunite from all over. What are your Thanksgiving plans, if you have any?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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