Thanksgiving celebrated around the nation

The Kermit the Frog balloons floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that will make their inaugural appearances in front of millions of people at this year's parade. (Charles Sykes)

November 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Spectators cheered and sang at annual Thanksgiving Day parades from New York to Philadelphia to Detroit and friends enjoyed feasts with strangers at Occupy protest gatherings, reminding each other there is much to be grateful for despite the country's hard economic times.