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Thanksgiving In Los Angeles: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Los Angeles and one opportunity to give back to others.

Los Angeles Thanksgiving Event Map

Thanksgiving On The Queen Mary

It's true: Some people actually eat Thanksgiving dinner while wearing sweatpants. But if you want to elevate your holiday game, rise above the dullness of the everyday dinner with a dressy, indulgent Thanksgiving feast prepared by the pros on the Queen Mary. Fall in love with the old school glamour of the majestic, retired ocean liner and dine in one of four different restaurants. There's a champagne buffet (priced at $49.95 per person) featuring a menu that veers slightly from traditional expectations, with selections ranging from pasta to crab legs. Thanksgiving is an occasion where decadence is welcomed, and the Queen Mary is happy to be a vehicle for indulgence.

1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood doesn't immediately strike anyone as being a winter wonderland. Still, once the leftovers are packaged up and the dishes are clean, many people spend Thanksgiving weekend looking ahead to the next month's celebrations. The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an annual tradition held the Sunday after Thanksgiving, where celebrities come out to Hollywood Boulevard to kick off the holiday season. The event has a historic legacy: The children of yesteryear that lined the streets waiting for the bearded man from the North Pole inspired Gene Autry to write "Here Comes Santa Claus" in 1946.

Hollywood Boulevard & Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Holiday Dinners-In-The-Park

Union Station Homeless Services has reached out to the greater Los Angeles' homeless population since the 1970s, bringing meals to city parks and serving more than 7,500 people each year. Obviously, they need a lot of help to make this happen, so there are opportunities for thousands of good natured folks to bring the spirit of Thanksgiving to those who could use some help -- whether that's at the park serving food or providing food ahead of time.

219 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Los Angeles: Video

See how many stars you can spot at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which is held annually on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Did we miss a Los Angeles Thanksgiving event? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Want other great Thanksgiving events and volunteering opportunities? Check out TurkeyQuest and our coverage in California, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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