Less than two weeks after the deadly terrorist attack in Paris, more than 3 million spectators turned out for Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Security was tight, but residents and tourists turned out in “huge” numbers for the annual event, according to Reuters.
“You can’t live in fear,” Debbie Irey, a tourist from Salem, Oregon, told the news service. “The police officers with guns in Times Square heightens your awareness.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 26, 2015
Security was everywhere, as various news outlets noted on social media, but that didn’t seem to detract from the holiday spirit:
— Overnewser – Buzz (@buzzovernewser) November 26, 2015
A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York https://t.co/0BAURDkObA
— Tulsa’s Channel 8 (@KTULNews) November 27, 2015
Enjoying watching the Macy’s day parade. Security Tight At New York Thanksgiving Parade https://t.co/nKTZb4v6qV
— CoffeeTalk JAZZRadio (@CoffeeTalkJazz) November 26, 2015
— Ami Hendrickson (@MuseInks) November 26, 2015
— Metro New York (@metronewyork) November 26, 2015
Record crowd of 3.5M expected at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade despite an unprecedented security presence https://t.co/bLwWH0ZPXe
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 26, 2015
Not only did Americans turn out in record numbers on Thursday, the New York Police Department, in a show of solidarity with Parisians, marched with the French flag.
“The French flag was held aloft in tribute by the NYPD as dozens of officers took part in the march,” Time Magazine reported.
NYPD carry French flag in solidarity with France during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade https://t.co/9Fs9YmmG7v
— TIME.com (@TIME) November 26, 2015
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 26, 2015
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