NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD outlined security measures and other important details for they will be taking for the 2019 Thanksgiving balloon inflation and Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Heavy traffic is anticipated and with multiple street closures beginning on Wednesday, department executives strongly encourage the use of mass transit in order to avoid gridlock and help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Police asssured the public that there is no specific, credible threat to public safety at this time and there will be The security overlay for these events includes: thousands of NYPD officers in uniform and plainclothe as well as specialized personnel from units including the emergezy Service Unit, the Strategic Response Group and the Intelligence Bureau strategically placed.
"The annual balloon inflation and Thanksgiving Day Parade are among our city’s finest traditions," Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. "Thousands of highly-trained members of the NYPD – from patrol to our many specialized units – will be strategically deployed to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators. And while there are no specific, credible threats directed at these events, or at New York City in general, we're reminding everyone that public safety is a shared responsibility."
The department will also deploy explosive detection K9s, radiation detectors, and drone interdiction technology as well as blocker vehicles including Department of Sanitation sand and collection trucks as part of the security overlay.Large backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, chairs and umbrellas are expressly prohibited and participants will be screened prior to entering the viewing route for the balloon inflation which will take place on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Spectators may enter the queue at West 73rd Street and Columbus Avenue and large backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, chairs and umbrellas are expressly prohibited and participants will be screened prior to entering the viewing route.
Once screened, spectators will enter the inflation viewing area at West 74th Street and Central Park West. The balloon viewing path flows around the American Museum of Natural History.Wednesday is a Gridlock Alert Day due to the balloon inflations.There will also be no parking in crosswalk buffer zones on the side streets along the entire parade route.
Posted parking regulations will also be enforced.