City officials estimate 3.5 million spectators will crowd New York City to watch Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held under tight security two weeks after the attacks in Paris. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Thanksgiving parade set amid heightened security
They’re full of air and ready to dazzle crowds during Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Also ready, the New York Police Department AND members from a new counter-terrorism unit working to secure the city — just two weeks after the attacks in Paris.
SOUNDBITE: NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, SAYING:
“And now with 500+ highly trained officers, all volunteer, so it’s an all volunteer specialized elite force for critical response command, we can quickly within minutes get to any scene and make an impact so we feel very very ready.”
The Department of Homeland Security said last week there was no credible threat of an attack on the U.S. like the one that struck in Paris.
3.5 million parade spectators are expected in New York… and among them, police say, are mobile cameras, helicopters and police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives.
Not to mention officers with radiation detectors AND plainclothes officers interspersed in the crowd looking for any signs of trouble… so spectators can concentrate on the colorful spectacle in front of them.