NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Thousands of people lined New York City streets amid tight security for the 90th 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.
Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, De La Soul, "Muppets" Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog and the cast of "Sesame Street" were among the stars celebrating.
Singers Kelsea Ballerini and Aloe Blacc, Christopher Jackson from the Broadway play "Hamilton" and Olympic gold medalists Laurie Hernandez, Claressa Shields and Michelle Carter also participated in the parade.
Former NHL players Adam Graves and Eric Lindros and U.S. Paralympic gold medalists Mikey Brannigan and Gianfranco Iannotta were also part of the lineup.
Performers participating included Regina Spektor, Brett Eldredge, Fitz & the Tantrums, Maddie & Tae, Daya and Jacob Whitesides.
With the Associated Press