Joe Biden offers hope amid Covid as Thanksgiving celebrations are scaled back

Cut-back version of New York City's famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade goes ahead

New York City's famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade went ahead on Thursday, although the usually highly anticipated event was heavily cut back amid Covid-19.

The nearly 100-year-old parade, which features giant balloons and colourful floats, had no crowds and much of it was pre-recorded.

Instead of its typical path through Manhattan, this year's parade was kept to the area in front of Macy's flagship shop.

US hospital admissions for Covid-19 reached a record of more than 89,000 on Wednesday.

And there were warnings that the situation could worsen during the holiday in a country that has reported more than 262,000 deaths from the virus.

President-elect Joe Biden offered hope, however, in a video message.

"I know better days are coming, I know how bright our future is. I know the 21st century is going to be an American century," Mr Biden said.

He described how he normally travels to the New England coast for a big family feast, but would be staying home in Delaware this year for a small get-together.

"I know this isn't the way many of us hoped we'd spend our holiday," Mr Biden said.

"We know that a small act of staying home is a gift to our fellow Americans."