This year, four new balloons will highlight the event.
Crowds are excited for the tradition, but also aware and extra alert less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
“I feel very safe,” one man told CBS2’s Ilana Gold. “It’s very reassuring. It’s nice to see the NYPD out in full force, and makes you feel like you’re protected.”
The parade steps off at 9 a.m.
The NYPD will keep tight security, using some high-tech tools. The NYPD’s newly formed Critical Response Team will help watch over the event.
There will also be extra uniformed officers, more plainclothes cops, K-9 units, bomb-sniffing dogs and mobile cameras.
The NYPD says there are no specific, credible terror threats against the city, but it isn’t taking any chances when it comes to keeping the city safe during the parade and doesn’t want the public being fearful.
“This city cannot be intimidated,” police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “Particularly for these events, let us celebrate this great time of the year. Let’s celebrate with our families. Let’s have a joyous time together.”
Read more at CBS LOCAL NEW YORK.