NYPD put on unprecedented show of force with 82 sand-filled trucks, radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs to protect Thanksgiving Day Parade as Charlie Brown Returns.
The NYPD is putting on an unprecedented show of force with 3,000 officers deployed to protect the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from attack as millions of spectators line the route to watch the spectacle.
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Charlie Brown, one of three new giant character inflatables in this year’s parade, led the signature balloons as the parade kicked off on Thursday morning with the spraying of confetti and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
Costumes characters mingled with revelries and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of balloons.
Officials expect 3.5 million people to converge on the 2.5-mile parade route for the nationally televised ritual that initiates the holiday shopping season with giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants, with another 50million expected to watch at home.