New York Tightens Security To Keep Thanksgiving Parade Safe

New York City has stepped up security for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade following terrorist attacks on outdoor gathering spots in several cities around the world, including a Manhattan bike path. The Thursday parade is one of the biggest outdoor holiday events in the U.S., and features performances of Broadway hits, marching bands, elaborate floats, and signature giant balloons in the shapes of cartoon characters. Police will protect crowds with everything from portable radiation detectors to sharpshooters on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks as barriers at cross streets on the two-and-a-half-mile route. “Every year the NYPD has done more to keep this event tonight and the parade itself safer,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Because we understand we are dealing with a very challenging world.”