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The Macy’s Parade looks more like its old self

The Macy’s Parade looks more like its old self

The Grogu balloon passes Radio City Music Hall during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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Updated 11:10 PM ET, Thu November 25, 2021

The Grogu balloon passes Radio City Music Hall during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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This is the second Thanksgiving holiday of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s the first since vaccines have become available to the public.

That’s one of the reasons that experts are predicting crowded holiday travel that resembles 2019 more than 2020.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held every year in New York City, also looked more like its old self, with people lining the streets of Manhattan to watch. Last year, the parade was for a TV-only crowd and the route was shortened.

Here’s a look at how Americans are celebrating the long holiday weekend.

Runners take off at the start of a 2.5-mile race as they participate in the 50th annual Webster Turkey Trot in Webster, New York, on Thanksgiving Day.

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President Joe Biden passes a challenge coin to a member of the US Coast Guard while in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Thursday, November 25. Biden also met virtually with service members around the world to thank them for their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving.

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Balloon handlers deflate balloons after the Macy’s parade in New York.

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Maj. Tom Perks fills treat bags as they prepare for guests at a Thanksgiving meal at the Massillon Salvation Army in Massillon, Ohio.

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Spectators sit on the street during the Macy’s parade in New York.

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The “Boss Baby” balloon passes people standing on their balconies in New York.

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Parade performers cross 42nd Street as they walk down Sixth Avenue in New York.

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Santa Claus gestures during the Macy’s parade.

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Sinclair’s Dino balloon floats over the crowd in New York.

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People enjoy the Macy’s parade along Central Park West.

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The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats along Sixth Avenue in New York.

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A marching band performs during the parade.

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People watch the Macy’s parade from a window in Manhattan.

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Chase from “PAW Patrol” makes his way down the parade route.

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The Tom Turkey float waits along New York’s Central Park West before the start of the parade.

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Mike Diaz takes a photo of his daughter Luna in front of the Pikachu balloon as the Macy’s parade floats are inflated on Wednesday, November 24.

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A young traveler naps at New York’s Penn Station on November 24.

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Workers in New York inflate the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon on November 24.

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In this long-exposure image, taken on November 24, travelers move along Interstate 76 in Philadelphia.

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Ascha, an Amtrak explosive detection dog, checks arriving passengers with K-9 Police handler Ashlee Fisher at Union Station in Washington, DC.

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Travelers go through a security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on November 24.

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Sonia Covell hugs her son Austin at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, November 23. He had just arrived from Oakland, California.

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People watch from a parking garage as the Christmas lights at the Country Club Plaza shopping district are switched on in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Comedians Tom Dreesen, Tiffany Haddish and Frazer Smith serve food at the Laugh Factory’s 41st free Thanksgiving dinner in West Hollywood, California.

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Homeless people eat the Thanksgiving meal served by the nonprofit Midnight Mission to nearly 2,000 homeless people in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.

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People take part in The Pilgrim Progress walk in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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