How to Watch (or Avoid) the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Heavy Police Presence Planned for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City’s parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks.

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. The FBI sent a bulletin earlier this week to police departments across the country warning of possible copycat incidents and sharing intelligence on how the assailants in Paris carried out attacks on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people.

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. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who was present with Mayor de Blasio at a press conference in front of the inflating balloons, said there would be 2,500 officers on the ground for Thursday’s parade. “There will be upwards of 2 to 3 million people … if they were so fearful, would they be here? 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. State Department also issued a world-wide travel alert on Monday warning American travelers to remain vigilant, particularly when visiting foreign countries. New York City officials have stressed there is no specific threat to the city, despite a video released last week by the militant group Islamic State that included images of New York. 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. 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.

Nearly 46.9 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving long weekend – the busiest U.S. travel holiday of the year – with 3.6 million going by plane, according to the AAA, a motorist advocacy group. 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.

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. 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.”

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