‘No credible threats’ ahead of Thanksgiving Day Parade, de Blasio says

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Spectators attending the ninety fifth annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday can count on heightened safety and police presence though there have been no “credible and specific threats,” Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned on Wednesday.

City officers addressed the crowds on the Macy’s Balloon Inflation Celebration within the streets across the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday evening, who gathered to observe their favourite big characters be inflated after the custom was scrapped final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor de Blasio assured everybody’s security as the most important parade on the earth returns to Manhattan.

“There are no credible and specific threats against this parade and against New York City,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advised the group. “There is extensive, extensive security, lots of precautions being taken, blocker vehicles at key locations. Amazing effort goes into keeping it safe.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea joined the Mayor on Wednesday in assuring New Yorkers that his division is well-prepared for the large crowds they’re anticipating.

New York Police Department officers conducting security checks as they let people into the area to see the inflation of balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on the day before Thanksgiving.
NYPD officers conduct safety checks as they let folks into the world the place the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats are being inflated on Nov. 24, 2021.
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Balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade are seen being inflated the day before the event,
This yr’s balloons embody new characters, corresponding to Baby Yoda.
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“You are going to have thousands and thousands of men and women in blue all working throughout the night and through tomorrow to make sure that you have the greatest possible day tomorrow,” Shea mentioned. “All you have to do is two things. Dress warm, and get out here early tomorrow and bring the energy. We’re gonna have a great day.”

Shea mentioned spectators can count on a heavy police presence tomorrow each on the bottom across the parade route and on rooftops in addition to participating in different “things you’re not gonna see.”

NYPD’s Chief of Counterterrorism Martine Materasso mentioned that her bureau might be out on the streets tomorrow “in full force.”

“You’re going to see hundreds of cement blocks, sand trucks, blocker vehicles. You’ll see our explosive detection canines. You’ll see our heavy weapons and observation teams. You’ll see our bomb squad response teams, as well as biological and chemical sensors. And we gave over 300 extra cameras,” she mentioned.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Celebration
Workers getting ready a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon on the Upper West Side on Nov. 24, 2021.
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Celebration
Mayor-elect Eric Adams mentioned he needs folks to “come out and have a great time.”
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Celebration
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea assured New Yorkers the Finest is well-prepared for the large crowds on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Mayor de Blasio famous the importance of this yr’s parade coming again in “full strength” after it was demoted to a TV-only occasion final yr amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned this yr’s parade is “going to be safe because people have gone out and gotten vaccinated in this city in a way that surpasses almost every place in the country.” 

“It’s a very proud moment for New York City and it’s especially proud after what we’ve been through the last couple of years. It is beautiful to have this parade back full strength. It’s going to be a magical, magical, moment. The weather is cooperating, knock on wood. We have amazing balloons.”

Brooklyn Borough President and Mayor-elect Eric Adams additionally attended the inflation celebration on Wednesday evening the place he inspired parade spectators to spend cash tomorrow to assist the companies which were hit onerous by the pandemic.

“This is the spirit and energy of our city. We’re out here watching people enjoy the balloons being blown up,” he mentioned.

“I have one message, spend money. Not only on Black Friday but immediately after the parade. We just want people to come out and have a great time. This is what this city has to offer, this is what makes it special. You see some of the young people out here, these memories will last a lifetime.”

Pumping helium into a ballon at the inflation of balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on the day before Thanksgiving
City officers addressed the crowds on the Macy’s Balloon Inflation Celebration.
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Pumping helium into a ballon at the inflation of balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on the day before Thanksgiving
Mayor Bill de Blasio assured everybody’s security as the most important parade on the earth returns.
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Adams — who will assume workplace at midnight on Jan. 1 — added that he has narrowed down the candidates for his cupboard positions, and can make an official announcement within the days after Thanksgiving.

This yr’s balloons embody new characters corresponding to Baby Yoda in addition to returning favorites corresponding to Snoopy and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Other new balloons for the ninety fifth parade embody Ronald McDonald and Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee.

An estimated 3.5 million folks attended the parade in 2019, lining the sidewalks alongside the two.5-mile route from the Upper West Side to Herald Square. In 2020, the quantity of live members was down 88 %, and lots of of the balloons had been recycled from earlier years.

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