As Islamic State threat looms, New York prepares for Thanksgiving parade

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Some New Yorkers Reconsider A Macy's Thanksgiving

David Huddle and his daughter Megan, a flute player for the North Hardin High School marching band in Kentucky, have been preparing for more than a year for the band's performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

They have no intention of letting threats of further violence from the militant Islamic State deter them from making the trip.

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"The main goal of a terrorist attack is to create terror," David Huddle said in a phone interview. "It's important to go on with your life. You can't dwell on it or you'll never be happy."

Millions of New Yorkers and tourists are expected to line the streets on Thursday for the parade, more than a week after Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, released a video showing images of New York juxtaposed with a scene depicting a suicide bomber preparing for an attack.

The group has claimed responsibility for the simultaneous attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed at least 130 people at a soccer stadium, a concert hall, bars and restaurants.

Some people said on Facebook and Twitter they would skip the parade this year in light of the new threats, 14 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by al Qaeda that destroyed the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

A school district on New York's Long Island called off a planned December middle-school trip to Manhattan, while Penn State University said it would cancel some student trips to Washington, D.C., and New York.

But New York City officials have a simple response: Don't be scared.

"We can't change who we are," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a public event on Thursday, urging people not to alter their daily lives. "Do we want to play their game? Do we want to give in to them?"

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of Macy's balloons at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats south on Sixth Avenue during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon is marched down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Paddington Bear balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santa Claus attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
The Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger balloon is marched down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
Spectators watch as a float passes their balconies during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A spectator watches as the Harold the Policeman balloon passes her window along Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Lucy Hale participates in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy ballon floats during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Spectators reacts as they watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade make it's way down New York's Central Park West, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Wicked Witch of the West mascot takes part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A view of the Snoopy float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons of Kiss sticks his tongue out as the band comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014. Kiss performed a medley of their hits for an estimated 3.5 million people who lined the parade route. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pokemon balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Papa Smurf balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Thomas the Tank Engine balloon floast in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Lucy Hale attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
Nick Jonas participates in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Kelly Heisler and her son Gordon Heisler, age 2, watch the Spider-Man float go by during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Hello Kitty balloon floats in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon'' floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Meghan Trainor attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch from balconies as a baloon passes during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Joel Madden and Benji Madden attend the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Cole Swindell attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Rocjettes perform at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Becky G attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Becky G (C) performs on the Nickelodeon's Dora and Friends: Into The City float which makes its debut at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: MKTO performs on the Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon is seen in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer/actress Lucy Hale performs during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Singer Becky G attends the 88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
A Cirque du Soleil performer participates in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
General atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
The Mr. Conductor balloon make its way down J.F.K. Boulevard during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Members of the Athens Drive High School Marching Band perform during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
The PLEX balloon make its way down 16th Street in view of City Hall during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Miss America Kira Kazantsev waves to spectators during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
The Horton the Elephant balloon passes an alleyway as handlers walk it down 16th Street during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
The Mistletoes the Snowman balloon make its way down J.F.K. Boulevard during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Children react while watching the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
A spectator watches from the barricades as police officers stand guard at an intersection during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" balloon makes its way across New York's Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
The Pikachu balloon makes its way down New York's Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Nick Jonas participates in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Performers march down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Santa Claus waves to spectators during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The "Yes, Virginia" balloon makes its way across New York's Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Santa's Elves balloons are marched down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Elf on a Shelf balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Revellers take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Planters Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Ronald McDonald Balloon floats during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Papa Smurf balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Planters Mr. Peanut attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake from 'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR POWER RANGERS - The Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger makes his legendary debut at the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Power Rangers/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR POWER RANGERS - The Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, measuring 77 feet long, 26 feet wide and 56 feet tall, soars through the air as one of the longest and tallest balloons in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Power Rangers/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR POWER RANGERS - The iconic Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, who has been entertaining fans for more than 20 years, POWERS UP the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Power Rangers/AP Images)
Parade particIpants dressed as characters from "The Wizard of Oz" make their way down New York's Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Santa Claus attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake from 'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Skylanders Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Pikachu balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Diary of a Sboopy balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Jake fromÊ'Adventure Time' balloon floats for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Crowds gather on Sixth Avenue to view the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pilgrim Man and Pilgrim Woman take part in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Toothless from 'How to Train Your Dragon' comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27, 2014.The giant balloons, a signature feature of the parade, made their debut in 1927. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Elf on the Shelf ballon comes down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2014. The giant balloons, a signature feature of the parade, made their debut in 1927. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Spiderman balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Atmosphere at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The red Power Ranger balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Ronald McDonald balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Skylanders Eruptor balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pokemon balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spectators watch the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon as it passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and t is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Spectators watch the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a window on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats south on Sixth Avenue during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Snoopy balloon floats south during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Thomas the Tank Engine balloon floast in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People in hotel windows watch Baloons float down 6th Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Ed Weilage of Manhattan, New York attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Pikachu balloon go by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Paddington Bear ballon floats near in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch the Spider-Man balloon go by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Paddington Bear balloon is seen in Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Baloons float down 6th Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The SpongeBob SquarePants baloon floats overhead during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. Over 8,000 people took part in the parade and it is estimated that over three million people were in attendance. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon'' floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: People watch from balconies as a baloon passes during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Piccachu balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spiderman balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Elf on the Shelf Balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Papa Smurf Balloon floats at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Float is flown at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Toothless from 'How to Train your Dragon' balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: The Roanald McDonald Balloon is flown at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Spiderman balloon floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A Red Power Ranger floats for the the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade outside Macy's Department Store in Herald Square on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Children watch Balloons at they float by at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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While they haven't given much operational detail, de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said thousands of police officers will be out in force on Thursday during the parade, which typically draws millions to the streets of Manhattan.

Security efforts will be bolstered by a new counter-terrorism unit, Critical Response Command, that includes more heavily armed officers. Another unit created this year to respond to large protests and other incidents requiring more manpower will also assist patrol officers.

Bratton said people should feel confident that the department is able to handle any threat. His own grandchildren are visiting New York for the first time next week and will attend the parade, he said.

"Celebrate, be aware, but do not be afraid," he said at a press conference this week to address the Islamic State video. "The NYPD will protect you."

City officials also said the footage shown in the Islamic State video is old and that there is no evidence of a "specific and credible threat" to New York.

Holly Thomas, a spokeswoman for Macy's Inc (M.N), also offered reassurance. "As with any public event in New York City, security elements are extensive - from the very visible presence of law enforcement officers to wide-ranging behind-the-scenes security operations," she said.

Some youth groups headed to New York have sought to reassure parents regarding their children's safety.

Organizers for the North Hardin band, for instance, have sent parents a note in light of the "current world situation" outlining the procedures in place, including chaperones and an emergency texting service.

Huddle said some parents had asked about increased security measures, but that the entire band still planned to travel.

Brad Pollock, the director for the Nogales High School marching band in southern California, said his students were still excited to perform in the parade.

"We're doing the best we can to keep everybody safe," he said. "It's a very special honor to be able to do it."

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