Militarized cops were present during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

From The New York Times:

In addition to Snoopy and SpongeBob floating overhead, there will be mobile cameras and police helicopters, specially trained police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives and officers patrolling on horseback, said James P. O’Neill, the New York Police Department’s chief of department, its highest-ranking uniformed officer.

The Paris attacks resulted in a new a “counterterrorism overlay” that has given the parade that Afghanistan or Iraq occupation look and feel:

For the first time, about 200 officers outfitted with heavy body armor and long rifles from the department’s new Critical Response Command, part of its Counterterrorism Bureau, will be on patrol, Chief O’Neill said.

“There is no threat being directed against the parade,” said William J. Bratton, the police commissioner.

The FBI chimed in: “There remains no specific or credible threat to the homeland.”


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