Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Big Bird For Thanksgiving Viewed by Thousands

NEW YORK—In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition, more than 10,000 locals and tourists alike braved the cold Monday to watch the annual stuffing of the Rockefeller Center Turkey.

The nationally televised event, which has rung in the holiday season for nearly 80 years, began at 5 p.m., when workers propped open the skin flaps of the 55-foot-tall bird, and pushed an 11-ton mixture of bread crumbs, onions, and other fixings into its massive trunk.

“This year’s stuffing is shaping up to be the best one yet,” said Mayor Mike Bloomberg, addressing the crowd from a podium next to the giant avian carcass. “Look at that beautiful glistening turkey!”

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