Crowds, security at 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Ronald McDonald and Thomas the Tank Engine balloons float over Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
The Ronald McDonald and Thomas the Tank Engine balloons float over Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City (all times local):

9:10 a.m. – Thousands of people are lining New York City streets amid tight security for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Charlie Brown led the signature large inflatable balloons as the parade kicked off 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.

Crowds, some as many as ten deep, lined the parade route, which starts on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and makes its way down to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.

More than 80 sanitation trucks filled with sand were placed at intersections and other places as barriers against any kind of attack.

Officers carrying assault rifles and bomb-sniffing dogs also lined the parade route, along with plainclothes officers in the crowd.

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12:40 a.m. – A giant Charlie Brown balloon will join 1,000 clowns and a dozen marching bands along a parade route lined with spectators and police in plainclothes for the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Charlie Brown balloon is one of three new giant character inflatables in this year’s parade, and joins returning favorites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants. The popular event draws millions of spectators as it makes its way through the streets of Manhattan before finishing up at Macy’s flagship store.

But attendees also will see some somber sights, like the more than 80 sanitation trucks filled with sand that will be placed at intersections and other places as barriers against any kind of attack. There also will be a heavy police presence.

 

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