New York Thanksgiving Parade Goes Off Safely Under Tight Security

cycjnrwucaaxwkaMacy’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade went off without incident in New York on Thursday amid heightened security after Islamic State militants abroad encouraged their followers to attack the popular holiday event.

New York police used sand-filled trucks, radiation detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed officers to defend the 2.5-mile (4-km) parade route in Manhattan.

Some 3.5 million people were estimated to attend the annual parade, a nationally televised ritual that initiates the holiday shopping season with giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Watch more about the safe parade from Reuters [HERE].