The Macy’s Thanksgiving1 Day Parade featured balloons, bands, stars and heavy security – as thousands gathered for the annual tradition. With new faces and old favorites in the lineup, the Americana extravaganza made its way through two miles of Manhattan on a cold morning.
The crowds are still the same, but there’s a lot more police here . That’s the age we live in, Paul Seyforth said as he attended the parade he’d watched since the 1950s.
Not a lot’s changed the balloons, the bands, the floats and that’s the good thing, said Seyforth, 76, who’d flown in from Denver to spend his 50th wedding anniversary in New York and see this year’s parade. The televised parade was proceeding smoothly, though about midway through, a gust of wind on a largely calm day blew a candy-cane balloon into a tree branch, and it popped near the start of the route on Manhattan’s Upper West Side . No one was injured.
In 2005, one of the parade’s signature giant balloons caught a gust, hit a Times Square lamppost and injured two people . The candy cane was smaller than the giant balloons. Timothy McMillian and his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and his in-laws started staking out a spot along the route at 6:30 a.m . They’d come from Greensboro, North Carolina, to see in person the spectacle they’d watched on TV for years.
McMillian, a 45-year-old schoolteacher, booked a hotel months ago, but he started to have some concerns about security when a truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center killed eight people on Halloween.
With the event being out in the open like this, we were concerned, he said . But we knew security would be ramped up today, and we have full confidence in the NYPD. Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat to the parade, but they were taking no chances after both the truck attack and the October shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival. Four activists jumped over barriers and briefly sat down in the street at about 9:10 a.m .
to protest the end of a program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S . as children, according to a spokesman for activist group Cosecha . Police quickly escorted them back . No one was arrested and the parade was not delayed. New York Police Department officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors were circulating among the crowds, sharpshooters were on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks were poised as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street . Officers also were escorting each of the giant balloons.
The mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that visitors shouldn’t be deterred . And Bekki Grinnell certainly wasn’t.
When your kid from Alaska is marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you come, said Grinnell, whose daughter was marching with the band from Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska . Grinnell said she wasn’t worried about security because of the police presence: I think we’re in a safe spot. Other paradegoers also showed their appreciation for police: The NYPD marching band and a group of mounted officers got some of the biggest cheers from spectators lined up as many as 15 deep along barricades . Among other crowd favorites: as did the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon.
The 91st annual parade featured new balloons including Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen and Chase from the TV cartoon Paw Patrol will be among the new balloons Thursday, along with a new version of the Grinch of Dr . Seuss fame. Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean were among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen and SpongeBob SquarePants . The lineup included a dozen marching bands, as well as the high-kicking Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and, of course, Santa Claus.
This is my favorite thing ever, musician Questlove told The Associated Press as he got ready to ride the Gibson Guitars float with his bandmates in The Roots and late-night host Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, where The Roots are the house band .
Questlove said being in the parade is probably my favorite perk of the job.
To go from being a spectator to being up here, it’s kinda cool, he said.
Added singer-songwriter Andy Grammer as he got on the Homewood Suites float: It’s kind of like being at the center of Thanksgiving.
A prolific shoplifter who threatened security staff with a dirty syringe has been sent to jail. Jolene Laing appeared at Leicester Crown Court1 yesterday and was jailed for two years. The 38-year-old had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to seven counts of theft, battery, common assault, racially or religiously aggravated public order and two public order offences.
The force said Laing, of no fixed address, threatened security staff with a used syringe when they challenged her.
Police released this custody image of Laing (Image: Leicestershire Police)
Pc Mike Green, beat officer for Loughborough town centre, said: We are pleased with this conviction.
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Laing is a prolific shoplifter who has continued to commit offences.
On one occasion she threatened staff and security with a dirty syringe after they challenged her and subjected them to abuse.
She has been known locally to be hostile towards officers and the local business community.
We hope this conviction and sentence goes some way to helping her mend her ways.
Uber has got rid of its chief security officer and announced that his team paid off hackers who stole data belonging to 57 million users. The ride-hailing app’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.” Former CSO, Joe Sullivan, presided over a loss of the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers belonging to Uber drivers and passengers, according to Bloomberg. Mr Sullivan’s team then paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data instead of notifying the victims. Uber’s former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, learned of the hack in 2016, according to Bloomberg – seven months before a shareholder revolt forced him to quit1 and replaced him with Mr Khosrowshahi. “At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorised access by the individuals,” said Mr Khosrowshahi. Uber says it does not believe its customers need to take any action.
Image: ‘None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,’ said Uber’s CEO
“We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident,” says a help page on its site.
“We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.” Mr Khosrowshahi said the data had been stolen from a “third-party cloud-based service” – understood to be Amazon Web Services, which the attackers accessed using legitimate passwords stolen via coding website Github. “We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed”.
The chief executive, who joined the company in August, added in his statement: “You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later. “I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it. “While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”
Image: Details of the hack come as Uber fights against the loss of its London licence
The data breach comes as Uber looks to improve its image after bad publicity during the tenure of Uber’s founder Travis Kalanick, and the decision by transport bosses in London to take away its licence. Mr Kalanick was ousted as chief executive in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits. Uber’s new boss said the company was now working with regulators on the breach and notifying drivers whose licence numbers were downloaded – as well as giving them credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
A review of its security is also taking place in conjunction with Matt Olsen, a former National Security Agency general counsel and cybersecurity expert.