Under the giant helium balloons bobbing across Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning, people in the crowd called out to one another.
Shouts of “Happy Thanksgiving!” echoed down Central Park West, all the way to Herald Square.
A year after the virus forced the parade into a single, spectator-free block, the words felt powerful.
The baton twirlers, the stilt walkers, the marching bands, the spectators carrying toddlers wearing turkey-shaped hats at a parade back to its old self, were undeniably happy.
And in a city reeling from the loss of so many New Yorkers over the past 20 months, no word encapsulated the emotion of those who were there better than thankful.
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