Tight se­cu­rity at Macy’s pa­rade

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Balsamo

NEW YORK>> Thou­sands of peo­ple were sur­rounded by tight se­cu­rity Thurs­day as they lined the streets for the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade.

Char­lie Brown led the sig­na­ture large in­flat­able bal­loons as the pa­rade kicked off with the spray­ing of con­fetti and a cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon-cut­ting. Cos­tumes char­ac­ters min­gled with rev­el­ries and crowds cheered as clowns on bi­cy­cles rode by car­ry­ing bun­dles of bal­loons.

Crowds, some as many as 10 deep, lined the pa­rade route, which starts on Man­hat­tan’s Up­per West Side and makes its way down to Macy’s flag­ship store on 34th Street.

The Char­lie Brown bal­loon was one of three new gi­ant char­ac­ter in­flat­a­bles in this year’s pa­rade, and joined re­turn­ing fa­vorites in­clud­ing Thomas the Tank En­gine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Among the celebri­ties ex­pected to at­tend were Tony Bennett, Aloe Blacc, Sarah McLach­lan and Olympic gold medal­ists Lau­rie Her­nan­dez, Cla­ressa Shields and Michelle Carter.

But at­ten­dees also saw some somber sights, like the more than 80 san­i­ta­tion trucks filled with sand placed at in­ter­sec­tions and other places as bar­ri­ers against any kind of at­tack. There was a heavy po­lice pres­ence, in­clud­ing bomb-sniff­ing dogs and of­fi­cers in uni­form with as­sault weapons and portable ra­di­a­tion de­tec­tors. Of­fi­cers in plain­clothes were among the crowds of peo­ple.

Au­thor­i­ties said there was no con­fir­ma­tion of any cred­i­ble threat and urged spec­ta­tors to come out for the pa­rade.

One prom­i­nent per­son who wasn’t in New York City is Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, who is spend­ing the hol­i­day at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

SETH WENIG—THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bal­loons are held down by nets while be­ing in­flated for the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade in New York, Wed­nes­day.

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