3 million people expected to attend NYC Thanksgiving parade

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5 things you need to know Thursday.

Carol Mowen, right, works with student Kirsten Delauney preparing to participate in the oral history project StoryCorps at Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown, Md., on Nov. 12, 2015.As an expected three million spectators turn their eyes skyward on Thursday morning, police sharpshooters on rooftops will be peering down for any signs of trouble at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Broadway casts of Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King & I, On Your Feet, School of Rock, and Something Rotten will perform for the national audience.

In addition to Snoopy and SpongeBob floating overhead, there will be mobile cameras and police helicopters, specially trained police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives and officers patrolling on horseback, said James P. Also appearing: Mariah Carey, Daughtry, Jake Owen, Jordin Sparks, Prince, Pat Benatar, and Trey Songz, the cast of NBC’s The Wiz Live, and many others. The parade will start at 77th Street and Central Park West, with the procession moving down Central Park West to head east on Central Park South before heading south at Sixth Avenue, ultimately passing the Macy’s store at 34th Street.

Observation posts, staffed by officers from the elite Emergency Service Unit, will be watching for suspicious activity; officers will use radiation detectors to seek out evidence of a dirty bomb; and teams of plainclothes officers will mix unobtrusively with revelers spread along the two and a half miles of the Manhattan parade route between 9 a.m. and noon. “There will be a lot of police presence,” said Chief O’Neill, outlining elements of the department’s security measures at a briefing this week. “Things the public will see and, of course, things the public will not see,” he said. “All of this will ensure that New York City has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving, as we do every year.” As it has for all major public events since the Sept. 11 attacks, the department will have what the chief called a “counterterrorism overlay” to its plans. For the first time, about 200 officers outfitted with heavy body armor and long rifles from the department’s new Critical Response Command, part of its Counterterrorism Bureau, will be on patrol, Chief O’Neill said. StoryCorps, a non-profit that helps Americans record their personal histories, has unveiled a free mobile app to get families talking around the Thanksgiving dinner table. After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in France by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, the department sent a French-speaking detective to Paris to join the one assigned there full time, said John J. Founder Dave Isay says the effort aims to collect more conversations in a weekend than the 65,000 the group has recorded since 2003 with a sound booth and a facilitator.

Aimed at teens, the exercise of interviewing their grandparents can “capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences,” he said, and the recordings can be uploaded to an archive at the Library of Congress. Shopping on Thanksgiving is now a thing, so we’ve rounded up the opening hours for some national retailers from RadioShack and Best Buy to Target and Toys R Us. Miller said. “They weren’t gathered up by Twitter chats, online, in Paris; they were sent there with a specific task and targets, likely from ISIS command and control, and it was a well-organized plot.” With a record parade crowd expected, William J. If Friday’s your day, here’s your guide to doorbusters. (Hint: They’re probably not where you think they are.) Whichever day you shop, remember that no deal is worth a broken bone. He encouraged people to “come on down” to see the parade, free from the anxieties the Paris attacks have sown, and to pitch in as extra eyes for law enforcement.

Millions celebrated Mass with Pope Francis at the University of Nairobi in Kenya on Thursday, which has been declared a public holiday and national day of prayer and reflection. Joshua Campbell, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, echoed that, saying in an email, “There remains no specific or credible threat to the homeland.” Putting these times in context, Mr.

Heightened tensions between Muslims and Christians in the country and the presence of militant group al-Shabab has led to the deployment of thousands of police and soldiers throughout the capital.Francis’ visit to Kenya is part of his six-day pilgrimage to Africa, where he will also visit Uganda and the Central African Republic. Bratton recalled growing up in the 1950s, “when the big fear was nuclear annihilation,” but the precautionary exercises proved more ominous. “I can still remember running into the basement of the school building, picking at the asbestos lining on the pipes,” he said, as members of his command staff chuckled. “Back in those days, probably getting more danger out of the asbestos than the nuclear attack.” If NFL football isn’t your thing, there are a few NCAA football games on the schedule or you can check out this list of the best high school rivalry games played on Thanksgiving Day.

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