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Macy's Parade balloon inflation hours changing this year

November 20, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation viewing will end two hours early this year, and anyone attending must be screened.

Tens of thousands were expected to head to Central Park Wednesday to watch the giant balloons take shape. This year, the public must leave by 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. But it will begin two hours earlier at 1 p.m. No backpacks will be allowed. Central Park West will be shut down starting at noon.

On Thursday, intersections along the route will be blocked off to avoid unauthorized vehicles.

But eager viewers can still line up early to get a good spot.

Police say there will be a cop on every corner. Security is extra tight this year following the terrorist attack that killed eight on Oct. 31.



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