Workers inflate the Spider-Man balloon for the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC on Wednesday.(Photo: Richard Drew, AP)
NEW YORK (AP) - Airports, train stations and highways were expected to remain busy as people made their way home to reconnect with family and friends for Thanksgiving - although some reunions might be bittersweet because of the damage and displacement caused by Superstorm Sandy.
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For some, the once-sacrosanct harvest feast now starts the holiday shopping season - and store openings keep getting earlier.
Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving day itself at many national stores and some shoppers eagerly race from their dinner tables to line up for bargains, delaying their second helpings until they've purchased the latest toys or electronic devices.
The popular Macy's thanksgiving Day Parade, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on television, was scheduled to kick off in New York City.