Crowds lined the streets of New York City on Thursday to welcome back the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The annual event in Manhattan features giant balloons of popular characters and marching bands. It was closed to spectators last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A 67-year-old woman from the state of Michigan said she had been waiting since 5 a.m. with her family. She said she is happy that the parade that signals the beginning of the holiday season is back.
However, there are signs that infections in the United States are picking up again. Concerns are rising that the virus could spread further, as many people are expected to travel and dine together during the holidays.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that as of Monday, the average daily number of new cases was about 94,000, and the figure for new hospital admissions stood at about 6,000.
The CDC is urging people to get booster vaccine shots and have children inoculated before traveling.