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Thanksgiving Day Parade security ‘stronger than ever’ in wake of truck terror attack

Posted at 5:57 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 05:33:04-05

NEW YORK — Security for the Thanksgiving Day Parade will be "stronger than ever" this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Monday in the wake of the truck terror attack in Manhattan.

It will feature heavy weapons teams, sand trucks, aviation units, K-9 units and rooftop surveillance teams. There will also be increased screening. Security will be amped up although there are no credible threats against the parade.

"There are no credible and specific threats against these events. That being said, we will have a very forceful NYPD presences, we will be prepared for any eventuality," de Blasio said. "There’s a lot of presence you will see, and as we always there will be presence you don’t see that helps to protect all New Yorkers."

On Thursday, intersections along the parade route will be blocked off.Police say there will be an officer on every street corner.

No backpacks, umbrellas, coolers or chairs will be allowed and people in attendance will be screened.