New York’s Thanksgiving parade draws huge crowd amid tight security

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Balloons, security highlight Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.

Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings on Thanksgiving despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country.The contraption was spotted flying above West 77th Street and Central Park West at around 10.30am during what was the most heavily policed parade in the city’s history.NEW YORK — Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye. City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by the Islamic State group that contained video clips of Times Square.

At the White House, President Barack Obama and his family had a traditional meal to mark the holiday, which traces its roots to a 1621 feast shared between colonists known as the Pilgrims and Native Americans. As the parade made its way through midtown Manhattan, helicopters flew overhead and officers stood on top of mobile command center vans to watch the crowds. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner William Bratton reassured New Yorkers that the parade was safe to attend as more than 2,500 officers were stationed along the parade’s route – the most officers ever assigned to the event. However, it is currently the only known notable security incident during this morning’s parade, which was attended more than three million people, who watched the spectacle of floats and balloons make their way down the 2.5mile route to usher in the holiday season.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “I think people are coming here from all over the city, all over the metropolitan region, all over the country to be a part of this parade.” He added, “We cannot let the terrorists succeed at psychological warfare. … After two days of demonstrations following the release of a video that shows a white Chicago police officer shooting and killing black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, protest organizers said there were no marches planned for Thanksgiving.

Even if the White House’s thyme-roasted bird didn’t turn out to be the moistest, the first family’s menu boasted more than enough other choices to fill the stomach. And two kinds of stuffing: cornbread with chorizo and “roasted peppers oyster.” As for the veggies, the Obamas could enjoy some braised winter greens — collards, kale, and turnip greens — in addition to kale Caesar salad.

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