After the attack in Manhattan, New York will intensify the security of the Thanksgiving parade

Sand trucks, concrete barriers through the streets and anti-terrorism units are part of the security measures that the city will take to protect the thousands of people who will attend this Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving parade.

ear after year, the Macy’s parade in New York on Thanksgiving is one of those events that, in person or on television, serves to welcome many to the holiday season. This year, after the recent attack in Lower Manhattan – which left eight dead and a dozen wounded – the City Police Department (NYPD) announced that it will increase security to ensure public enjoyment.

Sand trucks, concrete barriers through the streets and anti-terrorism units are part of the measures that the city will take for this Thursday’s event.

“The Thanksgiving Parade is a great tradition of New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday, detailing the security plan that seeks to provide a safe parade with a strong police presence. “The biggest one (the NYPD) has offered,” De Blasio said.

This implies that the balloon inflate for the stop, which takes place on Wednesday, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm between 72nd and 86th streets, also has greater security with barriers and with checks to the public. . In this activity will not allow packages or umbrellas, said the NYPD.

Facing the parade, there will be no vehicular traffic, from east to west, between 34th and 86th streets, where the journey will take place, said the chief of patrols Terence Monahan.

The commissioner of the police, James O’Neill, did not specify the amount of agents that will
be deployed on Thursday, although he wanted to emphasize that they will be “many” repeating this word several times.

There will be police in each block of the stop route, “numerous” sand trucks and blocker cars (cars that block any emergency or attack), radiation detectors, anti-terrorism and canine units, as well as observation in tall buildings, detailed Monahan .

The event will also add the presence of teams of agents with heavy weapons and the critical response unit (CRC). Due to the closures of streets and the number of people, De Blasio urged that New Yorkers use public transportation to move without major inconveniences.


Brian Schell is the lead editor for New York Daily Gazette. Brian has written for many publications including the New York Post Vanity Fair and TODAY. Brian is based in New York city and covers issues affecting local communities. In addition to following the day-to-day life of the Big Apple, Brian also has a passion running and can often be found jogging in Central Park

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