Revelers enjoy annual parade amid tighter security in NYC
NEW YORK — Santa Claus, giant cartoon balloons and whimsical floats were protected by sandfilled dump trucks and bomb-sniffing dogs as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wound its way through the streets of Manhattan under heavy security.
The annual spectacle went off without a hitch Thursday, with thousands of spectators and more than 3,000 police officers lining the streets amid an air of uncertainty about the possibility of an extremist attack.
“There are so many police officers out here you can’t help but feel safe,” said Sarah Bender, who brought her two sons to watch the parade. “It’s a day to have fun, watch the balloons and celebrate with your family.”
While authorities said there was no confirmation of any credible threat, they stepped up safety measures in the wake of the deadly truck attack in July in Nice, France, and a recent posting in an Islamic State magazine that called the Thanksgiving parade “an excellent target.”
Revelers yelled “Thank you!” to officers along the route, giving special attention to the NewYork Police Department band. The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats down Sixth Avenue during the Thanksgiving Day parade.
Revelers bundle up to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.