NY tightens security for Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (HPD) — New York plans to tighten security around the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade following recent mass shootings across the country, police said Wednesday, stressing there is no information that the famous event is under a credible threat.

The festive tradition, which draws throngs of participants and onlookers, will take place this year two days after six people were shot to death at a Walmart in Virginia and four days after another shooting killed five people at a nightclub. Gay in Colorado Springs.

Also over the weekend, a man who allegedly threatened to attack a synagogue was arrested at New York’s Penn Station with a knife, a ski mask, a swastika patch on his arm and an associate, authorities said.

In light of these events, police “will deploy additional resources to ensure the festivities across the city are safe for everyone,” New York Police Department chief of counterterrorism Martine Matersso said at a news conference as they inflated the distinctive balloons. parade giants. Authorities had no indication of “any active, credible or specific threat” to the event, she added.

By now, the security measures are almost as well known as the parade itself. They include heavy weapons teams, explosive-sniffing dogs, a bomb squad, radiological and chemical sensors, drone detection, truckloads of sand, blocking vehicles and additional cameras en route.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette has promised the parade will be “bigger and better than ever before,” so much so that it will start at 8:45 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. to accommodate all the balloons, floats , marching bands, singers, cheerleaders, clowns, Broadway casts, the Radio City Rockettes, and of course, Santa Claus.

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