Best Towns to Experience a Thanksgiving Parade in Person

Parade Central in New York City: the setting for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Parade Central in New York City: the setting for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

According to travel service giant AAA, over 40 million people will take a weekend vacation this Thanksgiving.

This year, you may want to hit up one of these towns where popular parades bring people together to celebrate all they are thankful for.

According to the Travel Channel, these cities are where you’ll find the Top Five Thanksgiving Day parades. If you want to enjoy a little ticker tape before your turkey, these towns are your best bets!

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Happy Thanksgivukkah! How to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on the Same Day

Happy Thanksgivukkah! How to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on the Same DayIf you like your turkey with a side of latkes, you’re in for a very rare treat this year: The second night of Hanukkah is also Thanksgiving.

Hanukkah begins on the exact same date every year in the Hebrew calendar, but because that’s different from the 365-day Gregorian calendar commonly used in the United States, the eight-day Festival of Lights starts at different times in November or December each year. This year, the two holidays overlap – an exceedingly rare occurrence. The last time this happened was in 1888, and by one estimate, it won’t happen again for another 77,798 years!

Of course, this hasn’t gone unnoticed. There’s a full-blown “Thanksgivukkah” movement afoot – and we didn’t make that up; there’s even a Thanksgivukkah Facebook page. And while Thanksgiving and Hanukkah aren’t usually connected, they have more in common than you might think. Both relate to religious freedom: The Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving as they sought liberty in the New World, and Hanukkah marks the ancient Jews’ fight against their Greek oppressors.

So, whether you’re celebrating both holidays anyway or you just want to mark this rare occasion on November 28, we have some ideas for how to combine these two holidays into a special once-in-a-lifetime day.

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No Thanks: 4 Logical Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving Alone

choosing to spend Thanksgiving aloneWhen you think of Thanksgiving, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Cheesy thoughts of an overly happy family gathered around a perfectly golden turkey and heaping mounds of mashed potatoes is probably what you imagine.

But that’s not the case for everyone. Believe it or not, some people do choose to spend Thanksgiving without their friends and family.

But why?

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Black Friday is for Shopping — Not Clearing Your Garbage Disposal! (Infographic)

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Don’t send your Thanksgiving down the drain!

Plumbers report that the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year for housecalls.

Don’t let plumbing woes distract you from your Black Friday shopping this year.

Check out these do’s – and mostly don’ts — for how to treat your apartment plumbing with care after Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away. Stay on friendly terms with your apartment community maintenance team by following these directions!

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Formal Table Vs. Buffet: Pointers to Perfect Your Thanksgiving Food Style

No matter how you choose to arrange your Thanksgiving feast, always make sure there's a utensil in every dish.

No matter how you choose to arrange your Thanksgiving feast, always make sure there’s a utensil in every dish.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the food takes center stage. Each November, there’s nothing we love more than seeing a perfectly roasted turkey surrounded by stuffing, cranberry sauce, casseroles and more pecan pie than you can shake a Pilgrim at. It’s a feast for our eyes before it even get to our stomachs.

Depending on the size of your kitchen and your family, it can be daunting to arrange all that food. Do you go for the formal setting and set everything on the dining room table, resigning yourself to a neverending chorus of “Pass the yams, please”? Or do you throw formality to the wind and set up everything in the kitchen, buffet-style, and let everyone get their own gosh-darn yams?

Either way is OK by us. No matter your Thanksgiving style, here are some pointers to arrange the food so everyone gets to gobble to their heart’s content.

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10 Budget-Friendly Tips for Hosting a Thanksgiving Day Feast

budget friendly Thanksgiving dinnerWhether you’re a first time host or a veteran one thing is for sure: preparing for Thanksgiving dinner is a full-time job. The best way to save yourself from going completely insane is to start early.

With Thanksgiving just about a week away, there’s still plenty of ways you can plan now to have a glorious holiday.

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Go Meat-Free This Thanksgiving With Delicious Vegetarian Dishes

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These vegetarian dishes will make you forget all about turkey this Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, if you’re a vegetarian, give thanks for the fact that you can have such a healthy and delicious meal that you won’t even think twice about the fact that it’s sans turkey. Here’s how.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad (adapted from

With all the meat, cream-based casseroles and starchy vegetables abounding, salads can get lost in the Thanksgiving shuffle. So start your meal off with this light and healthy squash salad that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

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Gobble ‘Til You Wobble: How To Reinvent Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Thanksgiving is a pretty great holiday — you’ve got food, family and football. What else do you really need? Well, most American families end up with more than they bargained for with something that’s even better than Thanksgiving dinner — the Thanksgiving leftovers. What to do with all that leftover turkey?

But if you’re worried you’ll get bored eating the same meal for a week straight, mix things up with these unique recipes. Before you know it, you’ll be seeking out more turkey just so you can make these delicious meals again. (And no turkey tetrazzini is involved!)

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That’s not all the advice about Thanksgiving we’ve got on the AG Blog. Here are a few more ways to make Turkey Day extra special:

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover?

Try These Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Food Ideas

“This turkey will not die today!” Make a stand for your own non-traditional celebration of thanks this season.

If you are planning to host a Thanksgiving meal in your apartment this season, get creative with a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner that will surprise your guests and cater to family and friends with special food preferences.

Set a diverse buffet
One of the main reasons people stray from traditional Thanksgiving traditions is to satisfy the dietary needs of a everyone at the table. If your guest list includes vegetarians, vegans or gluten-free friends – or foodies! — you can still create a delicious dinner that suits all of their tastes. The key is to provide options.

Seafood is a great alternative to turkey, and some vegetarians are open to eating fish. Prepare a tasty Thanksgiving salmon with cranberry sauce or autumn spice scallops. For a truly vegetarian Thanksgiving, shoot for scrumptious veggie entrees like butternut squash baked risotto or a mushroom tart. Preparing pumpkin pie can be bewildering when you are crafting a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner menu, but there’s always gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust to save the day!

Don’t let special diets intimidate you. Have fun experimenting with your dinner menu and create a new tradition that’s both healthy and yummy.

Plan a faraway feast
As Thanksgiving is an American holiday that celebrates our first settlers, an obvious way to mix things up this year is to give your Thanksgiving dinner menu an international twist. A Greek lamb roast, Italian turkey sausage lasagna or Indian shrimp vindaloo is guaranteed to spice up the flavor of your feast.

Take your Thanksgiving dinner on the road with a visit to a local restaurant. International restaurants are often open on Thanksgiving Day, so keep your kitchen clean and drive your family to the neighborhood Chinese, Indian or Korean spot. Plus, eating out means you don’t have to cook Thanksgiving in a small kitchen!

Or you can go big with your holiday vacation plans and travel farther afield for a real non-traditional Thanksgiving out of the country. Viking River Cruises offers spectacular European holiday excursions that feature fabulous meals and seasonal market shopping.

Give thanks without the focus on food
Some of us dread Thanksgiving because we are watching our weight or trying to stay healthy. Grandma’s decadent turkey dinner is simply too tempting! Removing the food focus from Thanksgiving is a great alternative. After all, there are fun ways to savor the spirit of the holiday without destroying your diet.

If the temptation truly is too great, you might skip the family meal, but offer to host a post-dinner game night at your house. That way you can still see your loved ones and share what you are grateful for over a game of Scrabble instead of stuffing. Other healthy options include planning an afternoon walk in the park or meeting everyone for an evening movie.

Think outside of the box of stuffing this year and plan a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal that will make this holiday unexpected and memorable.

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Enter Apartment Guide’s Friendsgiving Pinterest Sweepstakes

Thankful for your friends this November? There’s a holiday for that. Friendsgiving is a get-together typically scheduled the week before or after Thanksgiving each year, in which friends gather for a holiday feast instead of with family.

This year, we’re hosting our first-ever Friendsgiving Pinterest sweepstakes! We want to see how you have celebrated, plan to celebrate or would celebrate, and see your best cooking, decorating and party ideas. Whether it’s a small shindig or a booming banquet, your Friendsgiving ideas could net you one of two $100 American Express gift cards or even the $500 American Express gift card grand prize!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow Apartment Guide on Pinterest.
  2. Create an Apartment Guide “Friendsgiving” themed board with at least 10 pins, including two from our blog. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty to choose from.
  3. Include a brief description and the hashtag #AGPinGiving with each pin.
  4. Once your board is finished, email with your name, mailing address and the URL of your sweepstakes board.

Each week, participants will create a new board to plan out a specific element of their Friendsgiving holiday. Here’s the breakdown:

Week 1 – November 1-7

How to Host the Ultimate Friendsgiving Party – Is there a theme? Who do you invite? What do your guests and you do? Use your imagination and create a one-of-a-kind get-together.

Prize: $100 American Express gift card

Week 2 – November 8-14

How to Cook Your Friendsgiving Feast – what will your guests eat and drink? Will you go with a old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal, a twist on the classics or break from traditional altogether? Make a menu your friends request for years to come.

Prize: $100 American Express gift card

Week 3 – November 15-21

How to Decorate for Friendsgiving – What will you display as a centerpiece? Anything on the walls? Will you decorate with earth tones or go for something bolder? Design a stand-out space that sets the standard for all future Friendsgivings.

Prize: $500 American Express gift card

We look forward to checking out your boards and learning how you celebrate Friendsgiving. For rules and regulations, please see below:

“Friendsgiving Pinterest” SWEEPSTAKES



DATES OF SWEEPSTAKES: The “Friendsgiving Pinterest” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 9:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on November 1, 2012 and ends at 9:00 PM ET on November 21, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Period”), subject to three (3) entry periods (each, an “Entry Period”) as outlined in the How To Enter Section of these Official Rules.

ELIGIBILITY:  In order to be eligible for entry into the Sweepstakes, you must be a legal permanent United States resident residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and 18 years of age or older with a unique valid Social Security number at the time of entry (the “Entrant”). Employees and their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse, regardless of where they live, or persons living in same household, whether related or not) of Consumer Source Holdings, Inc. (the “Sponsor”), their subsidiaries, and each of their respective parent companies, franchisees, affiliates, contractors, consultants, legal counsel, public relations, subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, retailers, website providers, webmasters, advertising and promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies, and any others engaged in the development, production, execution or distribution of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to, National Sweepstakes Company, LLC herein (the “Sweepstakes Entities”), are not eligible to participate. Sweepstakes is void in Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions outside of the 50 United States, and where restricted or prohibited by law.

HOW TO ENTER:  The Sweepstakes contains three (3) Entry Periods in which each Entry Period has a specified theme.  The themes are based on each Entrant hosting an ultimate Thanksgiving festivity with friends. Entrant should submit a board that represents the specified theme for that Entry Period.  The following are the themes for each Entry Period:

Entry Period 1- “How to host the ultimate Friendsgiving party”

Entry Period 2- “How to cook your Friendsgiving feast”

Entry Period 3- “How to decorate for Friendsgiving”

To enter the Sweepstakes and receive one (1) entry for an Entry Period, follow the three (3) steps below. You must be a member of to enter, and you must be following the Apartment Guide Pinterest page. If you do not have a Pinterest account, you can sign up for one here: Entries for this Sweepstakes must be completed and received by 9:00 PM EST before the end date of each Entry Period.

1.  Follow Apartment Guide on Pinterest and submit a Pinterest themed board for each Entry Period. Each board must be based on the specified theme for that Entry Period (see themes for each Entry Period above).   Each Entry Period’s themed board must contain a minimum of 10 pins per board in which 2 of the pins must be from the Apartment Guide blog,

2.  Give each pin a brief description using the hashtag, #AGPinGiving.

3.  Email the completed theme board to  The email must include the name of the theme in the Subject line of the email and the following information in the body of the email: Name, Physical Mailing address, URL of themed board. Upon completing and submitting this step, Entrant will receive one (1) entry into the corresponding Entry Period (the “Entry”).

Only one (1) Entry per Entrant per Entry Period. Entries will NOT be eligible for subsequent drawings.  Without limitation, Entries submitted in connection with this Sweepstakes must contain only content that, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, excludes inappropriate content of any kind. By participating in this Sweepstakes, each Entrant represents and warrants that his/her Entry does not contain any material that is defamatory, profane or obscene. In the event that an Entry is deemed inappropriate by the Sponsor, that Entry will be disqualified.

 Any attempt by an Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins, and/or any other methods, including, but not limited to, automated entry, will void that Entrant’s entries and that Entrant may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes.Multiple Entrants are not permitted to share the same email address. Sponsor will not verify receipt of entries for Entrants.  All entries submitted become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an Entry, the Entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose name the e-mail account (provided via the email) is registered (the “Authorized Account Holder”).  The “Authorized Account Holder” is the natural person who is assigned to the e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses, or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.  Potential Prize Winner may be required to show proof of being the Authorized Account Holder.

Neither Sponsor nor any Sweepstakes Entity is responsible for any online entry that is lost, late, misdirected or undeliverable, whether due to system errors, omissions, interruption, deletions, defects, delay in operations or transmissions, theft or destruction or failures, faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions, entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, faulty transmissions, technical malfunctions, or otherwise. No mechanically or programmatically reproduced entries are permitted.  Late entries, or entries sent via any other method will not be accepted.  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, delayed, misdirected entries and all such entries are void.  Sponsor has no obligation to acknowledge receipt of or to return any entry received.

Although you must enter the Sweepstakes through Pinterest, this Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Pinterest.

Each Entry Period will run from 9:01 AM ET to 9:00 PM ET, according to the dates listed in the chart below. All entries must be submitted during the respective Entry Period in order to be included for that Entry Period drawing.

Entry Period


Drawing Date


11/1/12 to 11/7/12



11/8/12 to 11/14/12



11/15/12 to 11/21/12


*- All non-winning eligible entries from the previous Entry Periods will NOT carry over to subsequent Entry Period drawings.

ENTRY PERIOD DRAWINGS: Each Entry Period during the Sweepstakes, one (1) Entry Period Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing, from among all eligible entries received for that Entry Period.  Each Entry Period will run from 9:01 AM ET to 9:00 PM ET, according to the dates listed in the chart above in the “How To Enter” Section, and all entries must be submitted during the respective Entry Period in order to be included for that Entry Period’s drawing. Judges decisions are final. Odds of winning depend upon the total number of eligible entries received for that Entry Period. All non-winning eligible entries from the previous Entry Period will NOT be included in subsequent Entry Period drawings.  



Entry Period 1: One (1) Prize for Entry Period 1 of an American Express gift card having an Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of $100 will be awarded.

Entry Period 2:  One (1) Prize for Entry Period 2 of an American Express gift having an ARV of $100 will be awarded.

Entry Period 3:  One (1) Prize for Entry Period 3 of an American Express gift card having an ARV of $500 will be awarded.

Total ARV of all prizes to be awarded is $700.00.

Names of prize manufacturers are used solely for the purpose of identification of the prize. No endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or approval by American Express for this Sweepstakes is intended or implied.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: No transfer or substitution of prizes is allowed except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Prize winners are required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if prize becomes unavailable due to reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor.  Limit of one (1) prize per person/household. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. All prize winners consent to the use of his/her name, likeness, biographical information, and voice in advertising worldwide without additional compensation (TN residents will not be required to sign a liability/publicity release as a condition of winning a prize).

PRIZE CLAIMS:  All Prizes will be shipped within 3 to 4 weeks from the Entry Period drawing date.

GENERAL RULES OF PARTICIPATION: By participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final in all respects and not subject to appeal.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify permanently from this Sweepstakes any Entrant it believes has violated these Official Rules and verify eligibility of Entrants.  Neither Sponsor nor anyone acting on its behalf will enter into any communications with any Entrant regarding this Sweepstakes, except as expressly set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants and winners release the Sponsor, and their respective representatives, agents, successors, assigns, officers, directors and employees from any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described) with respect to or arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes, and/or the receipt or use/misuse of the prizes awarded, including, without limitation, liability for personal injury, death or property damage.  Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes.  All Sweepstakes materials are subject to verification and are void if (a) not obtained in accordance with these Official Rules and through legitimate channels, (b) any part is counterfeited, altered, defective, damaged, illegible, reproduced, tampered with, mutilated or irregular in any way, (c) are obtained where prohibited, or (d) they contain printing, typographical, mechanical, or other errors.  Entrants assume all risk of loss, damage, destruction, delay or misdirection of Sweepstakes materials submitted to Sponsor. Winning a prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use winners’ names, addresses (city & state), voices and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity, for this Sweepstakes only, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor may prohibit an Entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrants, and Sponsor.  If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not able to be conducted as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, then Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes and randomly draw from those entries received up to the cancellation/suspension date to award the prizes.  CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

NO LIABILITY:  By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and all of  their respective representatives, agents, successors, assigns, officers, directors and employees from and against any claims made by winners, Entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Sweepstakes as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including, without limitation, death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity, in this Sweepstakes or any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy or merchandise delivery.

WINNER’S LIST REQUEST: To receive a winner’s list, send a self addressed stamped envelope to: “Friendsgiving Pinterest”, 1170 Peachtree Street, N.E. #1600 Atlanta, GA 30309.  All requests must be received by December 31, 2012 (VT residents may omit return postage).

SPONSOR: Consumer Source Holdings, Inc., 3585 Engineering Drive, Suite 100, Norcross, GA  30092.

This offer shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.