Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, New York
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Thanksgiving marked across US

Millions of New Yorkers have soaked up bright autumn sunshine as the annual Thanksgiving Day parade kicked off the US holiday season.

Millions of Americans have been marking Thanksgiving, at home and abroad.

New York kicked off the US holiday season with its annual parade, however celebrations were muted for thousands in areas hit by superstorm Sandy.

Elsewhere, President Obama led charity work, while US troops abroad played football and ate turkey as tradition dictates.

The event has been marked for hundreds of years, and is generally thought to commemorate a 1621 harvest feast the US Pilgrims shared with Indians after settling at Plymouth, in what is now Massachusetts.

Lucas de Jong reports.