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November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving parade lifts spirits

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NEW YORK —

Across the country, other cities offered a mix of holiday cheer and acts of charity.

Thousands of people made the most of the mild, sunny fall weather to watch Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, hours ahead of the Lions’ annual home game.

Floats and marching bands poured down Woodward Avenue on Thursday morning, with many spectators forgoing the cold-weather gear of past parades. Detroit’s temperature hit 52 degrees at 11 a.m., with a warm wind blowing from the South.

Parade participants also included NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, a 28-year-old Rochester Hills native and the first Michigan-born driver to win the Sprint Cup Series.

In San Francisco, lines of the homeless and less fortunate began forming late Wednesday outside a church in the city’s tough Tenderloin district that expected to serve more than 5,000 meals, said the Rev. Cecil Williams.

“We must make sure people can overcome all adversities,” Williams said. “You can, you will and you must.”

 

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