Largest Number of NYPD Officers Ever Called to Protect Thanksgiving Parade

PHOTO: New York City Police Department K-9 units are deployed around The Museum of Natural History where Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are inflated on the eve of the 89th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NY, on Nov. 25, 2015.PlayAnthony Behar/Sipa USA via AP
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New York Police are showing up in droves to protect the record-breaking crowd expected at today's Thanksgiving parade in the city.

The "thousands and thousands" of officers that Mayor Bill de Blasio said are going to be protecting the parade today will range from uniformed patrols to officers in plainclothes.

The concern over the crowd comes as so-called "soft targets" have come under scrutiny after the shootings and bombings in Paris and Mali in recent weeks. But officials, including President Obama, have said there were no specific threats.

At the parade, there will be members of the heavily armed and elite Hercules team as well as members of the city's new counter terror force and critical response command who will also be heavily armed.

Bomb-sniffing police dogs and radiation detectors will also be used to locate any dirty bombs.

PHOTO: Members of the New York Police Department gather on the street before the 89th Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, Nov. 26, 2015.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
Members of the New York Police Department gather on the street before the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, Nov. 26, 2015.

De Blasio said that it will mark "the most NYPD presence we've ever had for one of these parades."

"We are ready here today and I have to tell you, the people of the city are voting with their feet: we're going to see millions of people here today meaning they are feeling safe and secure," de Blasio said during a press conference along the parade route.