Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Courtesy of History.com and About.com Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president ofthe United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year,sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. Anumber of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual. Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday incities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New YorkCity’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormoustelevision audience.{{more}} It typically features marching bands, performers,elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped likecartoon characters.