Performers march during the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, the United States, on Nov. 23, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Ping)
CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade rolled out under tight security along Chicago's Cultural Walk State Street Thursday morning.
Salt trucks have blocked all the intersections along the more than one-mile-long parade route; Chicago Police Department (CPD) has gone all out, positioning one officer every 10 meters on both sides of the street facing the crowd, observing any irregularities at all times.
Because of the recent terror attacks occurred in public spaces in several U.S. cities, it is not a surprise that Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S., has tightened the security for its 84th annual parade.
The fact is that at the beginning of the holiday season, the CPD has taken security precautions all over the city. Besides increasing the presence of the police in all major places in the city and placing concrete barricades and metal fences around the perimeter of Daley Plaza, the site where the annual Christkindlmarket is running until Christmas Eve in downtown Chicago, CPD has deployed plainclothes officers at all large holiday events, according to CPD Chief of Organized Crime Anthony Riccio.
Thanks to the efforts, Chicago's McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade has run smoothly, and drawn tens of thousands of spectators.
Of over 100 groups of floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and performers in the parade, several groups are especially eye-catching. People from local Chinese communities shared rich Chinese cultural traditions with Panda, the Beijing Opera consumes, martial arts, and Chinese songs and dances.
As holiday celebrations kick off one by one in Chicago, the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) suggest anyone attending large holiday events downtown keep vigilant, and be aware of the surroundings, and report any suspicious activity.