New York City was crowded this year for the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Baby Yoda balloon passes Radio City Music Hall during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

 AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

This is the second Thanksgiving holiday of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s the first since vaccines have become available to the public.

That’s one of the reasons that experts are predicting crowded holiday travel that resembles 2019 more than 2020.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held every year in New York City, also looked more like its old self, with people lining the streets of Manhattan to watch. Last year, the parade was for a TV-only crowd and the route was shortened.

Here’s a look at how Americans are celebrating the long holiday weekend.

Runners take off at the start of a 2.5-mile race as they participate in the 50th annual Webster Turkey Trot in Webster, New York, on Thanksgiving Day.Shawn Dowd/USA Today Network
Balloon handlers deflate balloons after the Macy’s parade in New York.Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
Maj. Tom Perks fills treat bags as they prepare for guests at a Thanksgiving meal at the Massillon Salvation Army in Massillon, Ohio.Julie Vennitti Botos/USA Today Network
Spectators sit on the street during the Macy’s parade in New York.Eduardo Munoz Avarez/AP
The “Boss Baby” balloon passes people standing on their balconies in New York.Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
Parade performers cross 42nd Street as they walk down Sixth Avenue in New York.Jeenah Moon/AP
Santa Claus gestures during the Macy’s parade.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
People enjoy the Macy’s parade along Central Park West.Seth Wenig/AP
A marching band performs during the parade.Brendan McDermid/Reuters
The Tom Turkey float waits along New York’s Central Park West before the start of the parade.Seth Wenig/AP
People watch from a parking garage as the Christmas lights at the Country Club Plaza shopping district are switched on in Kansas City, Missouri.Charlie Riedel/AP
Comedians Tom Dreesen, Tiffany Haddish and Frazer Smith serve food at the Laugh Factory’s 41st free Thanksgiving dinner in West Hollywood, California.Michael Tullberg/Getty Images
People take part in The Pilgrim Progress walk in Plymouth, Massachusetts.Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images

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