Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of bad mass shootings and a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan.
The extravaganza of Americana made its way through 2 ½ miles (3.22 kilometers) of Manhattan on a cold morning, with new faces and old favorites in the lineup.
"The crowds are still the same, but there's a lot more police here".
The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC.More news: Celebrity Big Brother star Jeremy McConnell is jailed
"It's really exciting", parade-goer Rianna Madr said. No one was reported injured. The candy cane was smaller than the parade's signature giant balloons.
They also had an opportunity to see numerous famous sites in the Big Apple including enjoying lunch in Times Square, attending a Broadway show, visiting the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Museum and, the highlight of their visit, attending Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular and watching the Rockettes dance.
"We had a couple of tough months as a nation", Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat.
Activists protesting rescinding of DACA protections also briefly blocked the parade route, according to the Associated Press.More news: Duchess of Kent hails 'courageous' Jana Novotna following death from cancer
Police quickly cleared the deflated balloon out of the way, and the parade continued. No one was arrested and the parade was not delayed.
In addition, officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors will walk among the crowds, and sharpshooters on rooftops will scan building windows and balconies for anything unusual. And Bekki Grinnell certainly wasn't.
"I feel that this is the safest place in the world right now", parade-goer Ron Madr said. The scheduled productions include the 2017 Tony victor for Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen (featuring new headliner Noah Galvin), Anastasia, Once On This Island, and SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as the Radio City Rockettes.
In primetime, "Thursday Night Football" showcase of the New York Giants at Washington Redskins brought in a 9.7 household rating in time-zone adjusted preliminary ratings (final national numbers for the game won't be available until Monday). Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean will be among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway's "Anastasia", "Dear Evan Hansen" and "SpongeBob SquarePants". The lineup included a dozen marching bands, as well as the high-kicking Radio City Music Hall Rockettes - and, of course, Santa Claus. They're only the fourth band from MS to ever be selected for the honor.More news: Charges filed against 592 in PMT 2012 case
Added singer-songwriter Andy Grammer as he got on the Homewood Suites float: "It's kind of like being at the center of Thanksgiving".
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