NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An estimated 3 million people marveled over a 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning.
The world’s largest march kicked off in Midtown around 9 a.m.
Among a initial balloons to pass by a approach were a hulk inflatable turkey and a incomparable than life Charlie Brown, that was one of 3 new balloons this year, CBS2’s Emily Smith reported.
Thomas a Tank Engine soared by a sky, directly followed by a classical marching bands. Then, Ronald McDonald hovered over Central Park West.
No matter what age we are, we always feel like a child station among a crowds during one of a city’s biggest holiday celebrations, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported. Costumed characters mingled with revelries and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of balloons.
Crowds, some as many as 10 deep, lined a march route, that started on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and done a approach down to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.
“It’s amazing, there’s so many people, so many things to see, so many splendid colors,” one witness told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.
The revelers knew they could’ve stayed home and watched it all on TV, though couldn’t skip a possibility to see it in chairman and be there when Santa and his reindeer flew in from a North Pole. His friend, a Elf on a Shelf was a tallest balloon in a parade’s history.
An coming from Santa is one of a parade’s highlighted traditions that helps ring in a holiday season, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
For one final treat, Felix a Cat returned for a initial time given a 1930s. The balloon was an accurate reproduction of a one that debuted in 1927.
While spectators loose and enjoyed a excitement, police worked overtime.
There were some-more than 3,000 NYPD officers and rare confidence measures in place.
“The NYPD — they did a good job, like always, and we had a good day. Happy Thanksgiving!” one mom said.
A sum of 82 city sanitation trucks filled with silt and salt were used during intersections and other vital spots along a march track to emanate an commanding earthy separator to terror. The trucks import about 16 tons empty, and adult to twice that with sand. While a trucks have been used like this before, many recently to strengthen Trump Tower, military pronounced they played a bigger purpose during this year’s march in a arise of a Bastille Day load lorry conflict in Nice, France, that killed some-more than 80 people, as good as a new posting in an English-language Islamic State repository that called a march “an glorious target.”
The NYPD Counterterrorism Critical Response Command units were in place, with fog arise dogs lerned to detect explosives, and helicopters flew high above a balloons.
“We demeanour during all that’s transpired given a final parade, we take that into care and we build a opposite terrorism insurance around that,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.
However, one NYPD officer had a special moment, proposing to his partner along a march route.
She pronounced yes!!!
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Not usually was a march and a confidence a success, so were a cleanup efforts.
The city’s sanitation dialect pronounced it had a organisation of some-more than 150 workers removing things spick-and-span again.
Together, they used 46 automatic and palm brooms, along with 24 trek blowers. The rabble was afterwards installed into 22 trucks.
Last year, a disaster came to some-more than 32 tons of trash.
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