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Police ramped up security for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Fresh balloons aren't the only new addition to this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

More than 80 sand-filled dump trucks are part of this year's effort to ramp up security at the parade, which is expected to attract a crowd of about three million, according to CBS News.

The sand-filled trucks are in addition to the standard metal barricades that line the nearly 3-mile route.

You can ram a New York City Sanitation Department sand truck with a lot of things, but you're not going to move it.
John Miller of the NYPD told Fox News

The sanitation trucks weigh about 16 tons without the sand and up to twice that amount after being filled.

Each will be stationed at intersections along the parade route and are meant to impose a physical barrier to any potential terror threat, according to Fox News.  

In addition to creating barriers to prevent an attack like the one in Nice, France, where a box truck was driven into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, 3,000 uniformed officers will be patrolling the crowds.

The New York City Police Department will also be limiting where pedestrians can enter to watch the parade and have set up a network of security cameras, according to CBS News.

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD is more than ready to ensure that the parade is a safe and fun event for everyone who attends.

WATCH | Here's all the work that goes into blowing up balloons for the parade in 360.

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