OpinionNew York tightens security for Thanksgiving parade

New York tightens security for Thanksgiving parade


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New York plans to tighten security around the parade of the day of Thanksgiving at Macy’s after recent mass shootings in various parts of the country, police said Wednesday, stressing there is no information that the famous event is under a credible threat.

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The festive tradition, which draws throngs of participants and onlookers, will take place this year two days after six people were shot to death at a Walmart in Virginia and four days after another shooting killed five people at a nightclub. Gay in Colorado Springs.

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Also over the weekend, a man who allegedly threatened to attack a synagogue was arrested at Penn Station in New York with a knife, a ski mask, a swastika patch on his arm and an associate, authorities said.

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In the face of these events, police “will deploy additional resources to ensure that the festivities throughout the city are safe for everyone,” said the chief of counterterrorism for the Police Department of New YorkMartine Matersso, in a press conference while inflating the distinctive giant balloons of the parade. Authorities had no indication of “any active, credible or specific threat” to the event, he added.

By now, security measures are almost as well known as the actual parade. They include heavy weapons teams, explosive detection dogs, a bomb squad, radiological and chemical sensors, drone detection, truckloads of sand, blocking vehicles and additional cameras en route.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette promised that the parade It will be “bigger and better than ever before,” so much so that it will start at 8:45 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. to accommodate all the balloons, floats, marching bands, singers, cheerleaders, clowns, casts of Broadway, the Radio City Rockettes and, of course, Santa Claus.

Source: diario libre

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I am a news writer at 24Happenings, where I help promote and write about events that matter to young professionals. I have worked in media for over a decade, most recently as an anchor in a small town in upstate New York. In my spare time, I like to read, cook simple meals, and watch DirecTV originals.


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