Giant balloons took to the sunny sky over 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. The parade, in its 89th year, included marching bands and floats to go along with Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Paddington and other balloons.
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 in Iraq and the Levant that contained video clips of Times Square. But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers would be stationed along the parade route — the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.
Pamela and Tom Popp of Ridgefield, N.J., said they’ve come to the city every year for the parade for at least 20 years. “It’s just a very special part of our holiday,” Pamela Popp said. “We’re very proud of New York City and this wonderful tradition.”
Kim Miller, of Boston, also said she noticed the heavy security. “It’s a little scary but at least it’s keeping us safe. We’re having fun.”