Inflation soars as New York supersizes Thanksgiving
Friday 25 November 2011
A festive mood prevailed as the annual Thanksgiving parade made its way through the crowded streets of New York under brilliant sunshine. About 3.5 million people were expected to crowd the parade route, sponsor Macy's predicted, while an additional 50 million watched from home.
A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons making inaugural appearances. They joined fan favorites like Snoopy and Spider-Man. "Those kids, they play good music and they really put on a good show," said Wilfred Denk, from Munich, as he watched the marching bands. He and his wife, Bethina, were on their honeymoon in New York.
In all, the parade featured more than 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders. The star power included Mary J Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street.
When the parade started in 1924, it included live animals such as camels, goats and elephants, but they were replaced by giant helium balloons in 1927. Since the beginning, the balloons have been based on popular cultural characters and holiday themes. Returning favourites this year include Buzz Lightyear, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog.
Barack Obama telephoned 10 US military members stationed abroad to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and praise their service. The President made the calls yesterday morning from the Oval Office to two members each from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy who are deployed in support of US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
Ashya King missing: Police hunt five-year-old boy with brain tumour snatched from Southampton hospital by his parents
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
Californian drought is so severe it's 'causing the ground to move'
Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
- < Previous
- Next >
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...
£17000 - £20000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...
£450 - £500 per day: Orgtel: SAS Business Analyst, London, Banking, Credit Ris...
£32000 - £38000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...