US Thanksgiving's real history, Macy's parade, 3 NFL games: 5 things to know Thursday
What NFL games are on Thanksgiving in 2021? TV schedule, times, channels for all three games
Thanksgiving Day will feature three games in 2021. As always, the Lions and Cowboys will be in action.The NFL is entering its 16th season of scheduling three games for Thanksgiving Day. Only two games were played last year. The night game between the Steelers and Ravens was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns, but the Lions and Cowboys continued their decades-long streak of playing on the holiday.
The real history of Thanksgiving
The traditional story of Thanksgiving, and by extension the Pilgrims — the one repeated in school history books — doesn't start in 1620, with the cold and seasick Pilgrims stepping off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock or a year later with the Pilgrims and the native Wampanoag all sitting together to "break bread." It doesn’t start there because those things never happened, despite being immortalized in American mythos for generations. The first national Thanksgiving Day did not invoke the Pilgrims at all. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November, looking to reconcile a country in the throes of the Civil War.
At least 20 people injured after SUV slammed into Wisconsin Christmas parade, authorities say
An SUV sped into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, leaving at least 20 people injured, authorities said Sunday. Your browser does not support this video Police in Waukesha, located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, were urging people to avoid the downtown area. Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is any current danger to the public. Videos posted to social media, including a live feed of the parade operated by the City of Waukesha, show a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the parade was taking place.
For many Native people, Thanksgiving, rather than peace and shared prosperity between Native Americans and Pilgrims. "To most Natives, Thanksgiving is not a celebration," said tribal citizen Dennis W. Zotigh, who is also a writer and cultural specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. "Natives, particularly in the New England area, remember this attempted genocide as a factual part of their history and are reminded each year during the modern Thanksgiving."
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2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to pre-pandemic form
Theis back. After pivoting to a modified, audience-free event in 2020, the 95th marching of the parade will welcome back crowds and all of the spectacle people around the world have come to expect for nearly a century. It will feature 15 character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups. Among the celebrities scheduled to appear: Jon Batiste, Kristin Chenoweth, Sara Bareilles, Mickey Guyton, Carrie Underwood, the “Sesame Street” cast, Nelly, Kelly Rowland and of course, Santa Claus. The event will air from 9 a.m. to noon on NBC and Telemundo and will stream on Peacock.
SUV driver in parade crash may have been fleeing a crime
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the SUV driver who plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40, was fleeing a crime, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant on Sunday, giving way to screams and scenes of crumpled bodies as the SUV sped through barricades and struck dancers, musicians and others. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those killed. © Provided by Associated Press Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis.
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Prepare now for tough conversations at the dinner table
Consider thewith a mix of Republicans and Democrats, such as "Will Trump run in 2024?" and "How is Biden doing so far?" Many hot-button political topics can also revolve around COVID-19 – whether it be a stance on mask-wearing, vaccines or negative test requirements for a family gathering. Maybe the tough topics are not political at all: "Are you dating anyone yet?" or "When are going to have kids?" While there's often an expectation of joy, love and togetherness during the holiday season, for many families it can be much more complicated, experts say. No matter the topic, anticipate the questions, .
How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Online
The 95th annual celebrations return to an in-person route Thursday, Nov. 25 in New York.This year, pop culture franchises, brands and corporations will once again get their names in front of live spectators, as the public is being welcomed back to watch the parade’s over-the-top floats, balloons and live performances from the streets. Macy’s is also getting in on the NFT action and auctioning off 10 pieces of digital art inspired by inflatable floats of decades past, with all proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation.
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NFL's Week 12 kicks off with 3 Thanksgiving Day games
As is the tradition on Thanksgiving Day, NFL fans can expect a feast at the dinner table and on the football field. After only playing two games on Thanksgiving 2020 due to, the league returns to a three-game slate this year and it features six teams . Leading off, the Detroit Lions (0-9-1) will host the Chicago Bears (3-7) for the third Thanksgiving Day game in four years (12:30 p.m. ET, FOX). The Bears won close games in 2018 and 2019. Next, the Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys (7-3) in their first matchup since 2017 (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS). The Raiders have lost three consecutive games and the Cowboys have lost two out of their last three, both to . Finally, Buffalo Bills (6-4) head south to take on the New Orleans Saints (5-5) in the nightcap (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). Both teams won their divisions in 2020, but in 2021 both need wins to keep pace with rivals ahead of them in the standings.
When Is the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade? 2021 Date, Route and Schedule
New York City's annual parade will allow in-person viewings this year after being closed to spectators in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.Will Coss, the parade's executive producer, said: "For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the homes of a nationwide audience," during a statement released in September.
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Thinking of shopping last-minute? Here's the list of stores that are open.
For the second year in a row, the majority of major retailers will keep their stores closed on Thanksgiving Day. The long list of stores closed includes Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods and JCPenney, which for years opened for in-person Black Friday shopping on the holiday. Selectacross the country are open Thursday, many with limited hours. Like last year to limit crowds and spread out demand, retailers started rolling out deals before Halloween and have turned a weekend shopping blitz into an extended event. For an extended look at stores that will be open and closed,
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2022 NFL Draft order, team needs: Saints leap six spots with loss to Buffalo, Jets with two top-5 picks .
Houston moves back up two spots to No. 2 overallBut first, each week, Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and I produce mock drafts for CBSSports.com. In Wilson's latest, he has the Texans, Falcons and Saints taking quarterbacks in the first round. Trapasso has Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett skyrocketing up the board. It was almost a consensus that Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux would be taken No. 1 overall by the Lions.