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Turkeys, parades and pardons: Thanksgiving in images

By Maverick Life Editors 27 November 2020

US President Donald Trump stands next to Butter, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, after giving him a presidential pardon during the traditional event in the Rose Garden of the White House November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. The turkey pardon was made official in 1989 under former President George H.W. Bush, who was continuing an informal tradition started by President Harry Truman in 1947. Following the presidential pardon, the 47-pound turkey which was raised by farmer Wellie Jackson of Clinton, North Carolina, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It's that time of the year again: from the Presidential pardon of a turkey, which has been a Thanksgiving tradition dating back to the Harry Truman administration in 1947, to the Macy's Parade that started back in 1924, we dive into the Getty archives for an incomplete yet highly enjoyable gallery of images of Thanksgiving throughout the years.

US President George W. Bush (R), Jeff Radford (L) and Stuart Proctor, representing the turkey industry, pose with a turkey named “Liberty” at the Annual Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey November 19, 2001 in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Sasha Obama, the daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, looks at a turkey named “Courage” during an event to pardon the 20-week-old and 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump, both senior advisors to her father U.S. President Donald Trump, and their children pet the national Thanksgiving Turkey after it was pardoned during a traditional ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House November 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and daughters Sasha Obama (2nd L) and Malia Obama (R) share a moment as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey Cobbler during a Rose Garden event November 21, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a presidential pardon to the National Thanksgiving Turkey Butter during the traditional event with first lady Melania Trump, National Turkey Federation Chairman Kerry Doughty and others in the Rose Garden of the White House November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (5th L) participates in a turkey pardoning event as one of the two candidate turkeys Peas stands on a table at the Rose Garden of the White House November 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
With less than one week before Thanksgiving, a turkey sits in a barn at the Willie Bird Turkey Farm November 26, 2013 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Children from area schools gather around “Katie,” pardoned by U.S. President George W. Bush, during the annual turkey pardoning in the Rose Garden of the White House November 26, 2002 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Wishbone the turkey is put on display for members of the news media with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L) in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WPeas and Carrots, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, walk in their hotel room at the Willard Hotel after being introduced to members of the media during a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
National Thanksgiving turkeys ‘Corn’ and ‘Cob’ are presented to journalists in the Grand Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental Hotel November 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
People dine while sitting at socially distanced tables during Thanksgiving on November 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
A group of Ring Tailed Lemurs eat from a Thanksgiving spread at the San Francisco Zoo on November 23, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Eli, a Chihuahua, poses as a Thanksgiving turkey at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on October 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A reindeer balloon floats above a Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
26th November 1961: An inflated Popeye floats above the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York as it nears Times Square. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)
The Little Bill balloon is deflated at the end of the parade route in front of onlookers during the 76th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 28, 2002 in New York City.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A view of the Red Titan balloon at the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 26, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s Inc.)
A view of the Red Titan balloon at the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 26, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s Inc.)
The Ronald McDonald balloon is kept under a net during the inflation process on November 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
A balloon waits to be raised and flown during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
Jordyn Oleachea, a nurse, works near an inflated glove with a Thanksgiving message on it in the trauma surgery ICU at Harborview Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Healthcare workers on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic continued their work on the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
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  • Your opening picture of the two turkeys … the one called Trump is instructive in that he will NOT get a pardon when he leaves office on the 20th Jan 2021. Instead, he will (like his pal Epstein who committed suicide inside) rot in jail for his many crimes not just against Americans, but around the world. His spreading of the most deadly virus known to mankind called Trumpism will be around for a while before a vaccine is sought. Zuckerberg could at this late stage do mankind a favour by canceling (nay deleting !) his personal twitter account on that date. A pity therefore that Trump’s enabler McConnell will not face the same music !

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