Macy's Parade Is Lighthearted,
Unlike 2001's Patriotic Display
Americans marked Thanksgiving with parades full of music and color, a helping hand for the poor, and the comfort and joy of gathering with family and friends.
The 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York featured a dozen marching bands, the debut of a Charlie Brown balloon and the return of Kermit the Frog after a 12-year absence.
The lighthearted tone was in contrast with the more patriotic display last year, weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Detroit's parade had as its grand marshal longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who retired this year. Riding in a float called Cinderella's Carriage, he met with boisterous cheers from the crowd.
But fun and pageantry were only part of the holiday scene.
In Wisconsin, U.S. Cellular employees visited homeless shelters throughout Wisconsin, bringing cellular phones so people could call their loved ones for free.
For American Muslims, the Thanksgiving holiday this year fell in the middle of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, when people fast from dawn until dusk.
Ramadan ends Dec. 6.
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