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Top 5 US destinations for Thanksgiving

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Shanda Moorghen rounds up five of the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving across the US

 

Holiday season is finally here and with it comes the Thanksgiving weekend. In anticipation for Christmas in the warmth of your own home watching reruns of Home Alone, here are some trips that you can make to kickstart the holidays.

New York City: Few celebrations come as magnificent as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A tradition that dates back to as early as the1920s, Macy’s parade attracts millions every year. With floats, marching bands, performance groups, clowns and so much more, the parade is always a hit with visitors on Thanksgiving. If you have never been, New York beckons.

Chicago: If you have previously been to Macy’s parade and loved it, why not try something new this Thanksgiving? The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago is an ideal place to start if you are not ready to give up on Thanksgiving parades yet. Performers are as multicultural as the city and visitors are guaranteed entertainment during the three hours of the parade.

Plymouth: This might not sound like the most exotic destination but Plymouth is the home of Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving Day gathering can be traced to Plymouth a few centuries ago. Every year they share their history with the rest of the country in extended celebrations leading up to the holiday. If you have ever wondered about the origins of Thanksgiving, this might be your chance to get your questions answered.

New Orleans: Now this is one for those seeking culinary adventure on Thanksgiving. New Orleans is obviously home to the Turducken, which is basically a chicken stuffed into a duck and then stuffed into a turkey. There might not be room left for dessert after that but it is definitely worth a try. You would also be treated to The Celebration in The Oaks, a month-long light show in City Park.

Sacramento: If you are feeling grateful on Thanksgiving, like you should, thinking of those less fortunate would be a legitimate sentiment. With over 20,000 participants every year, the Run to Feed the Hungry race on the morning of Thanksgiving Day in Sacramento is an ideal destination. All the proceeds go to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, who in turn put to good use for those who really need it. A Thanksgiving miracle.

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