Rev­el­ers en­joy annual pa­rade amid tighter se­cu­rity in NYC

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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.

ED­UARDO MUNOZ AL­VAREZ/GETTY PHO­TOS

Rev­el­ers bun­dle up to at­tend the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day pa­rade in New York City.

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