Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through The Years

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Record crowd of 3.5million expected at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade despite an unprecedented security presence at the event.

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Americans have been told to remain alert following the Paris attack, but the Department of Homeland security says there has been no credible threat to the U.S. 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. The perennial favorites will be out – including Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants – as the festive parade makes its way from Central Park at 9am to Macy’s in Herald Square.

And record crowds are expected to swarm Manhattan sidewalks and rooftops to glimpse the spectacle as the holiday season is ushered in, with performances from Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks and Panic! 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. But security is heavy, with more than 2,500 officers stationed along the parade’s route – the largest number of officers the police department has ever assigned to the event.

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. … Spectators cheered along bands, dancers and veteran balloons, including Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Elf of the Shelf and Ronald McDonald, but each year also sees a new balloon or two added to the line-up, such as Scrat this year. However, Eric Blanc, 44, a logistics expert from Marseilles, France, said the prospect of an attack had not crossed his mind or those of three French friends he was traveling with.

And Jacqueline Williams, 52, of Atlanta, said the Paris attacks on November 13, in which 130 people died in a single night of violence, were in the back of her mind as she attended the parade for the first time. ‘We live in a society of being fearful,’ said the insurance agent and realtor, who was accompanied by her son San, a 21-year-old student. ‘But it’s almost like you can’t be, because whatever’s going to happen is going to happen, you can’t stop it,’ Possible safety concerns also didn’t stop Janna Schuh of Atlanta, Georgia, from showing up. ‘It’s awesome,’ she said. ‘I’ve never done this before.

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