NEW YORK — The 44th annual NYC Village Halloween Parade continued Tuesday night with a ramped-up police presence after a lower Manhattan terrorist truck rampage left eight people dead.
NYPD officials called it a terror attack, but believe there's no further threat. The upgrade in security forces at the parade was taken out of an abundance of caution.
"There's no reason to have any undue anxiety," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "If we change our lives, if we contort ourselves to them, then they win and we lose."
Sand trucks were rolled out along the route before the 7 p.m. kickoff time for the parade. More than 60,000 people were expected to line the sidewalks.
This year’s theme was “Cabinet of Curiosities” and included the world-famous parade of puppets.
Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio also marched in the parade.
There will also be units with heavy weapons deployed around New York City at key iconic locations.
"We are going to go about our business in the city," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We will not be disturbed."