The 'people's Pope' parades through Central Park

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Thousands Line Central Park to Greet Pope

Pope Francis's U.S. tour continues in New York City, as the "people's Pope" parades through Central Park.

On Friday, starting at 5 p.m., Pope Francis began his motorcade parade through the park to meet and greet the luckiest "humans of New York." The Central Park Papal Procession took place on Central Park's West Drive, between 60th and 72nd Street.

Early Friday morning, the NYPD secured the last of the metal fencing around the park to keep the eighty-thousand people with tickets "in" and the rest "out."



Among the list of prohibited items allowed into Central Park were selfie sticks, backpacks, and even blankets.



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The 'people's Pope' parades through Central Park
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Pope Francis travels through Central Park to meet and greet New Yorkers on September 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Pope Francis travels through Central Park to meet and greet New Yorkers on September 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Crowds of people stand behind a police barricade as they await the arrival of Pope Francis in Central Park September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is in New York on a two-day visit carrying out a number of engagements, including a Papal motorcade through Central Park and celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Thousands of people watch Pope Francis ride in the popemobile through Central Park on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is in New York on a two-day visit carrying out a number of engagements, including celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Pope Francis waves as he drives through Central Park in a Papal motorcade on September 25, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis is in New York on a two-day visit. He spoke at the United Nations General-Assembly earlier and will lead a Mass in Madison Square Garden tonight. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Pope Francis waves as he rides through Central Park in a Papal motorcade on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The Pope is in New York on a two-day visit. He spoke at the United Nations General-Assembly earlier and will lead a Mass in Madison Square Garden tonight. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Thousands of people watch Pope Francis ride in the popemobile through Central Park on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is in New York on a two-day visit carrying out a number of engagements, including celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: People wait in line to see Pope Francis ride through Central Park on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is on a six-day visit to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: A man sells Vatican flags outside of Central Park before the arrival of Pope Francis on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is on a six-day visit to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Thousands of people wait to go through security screening to enter Central Park where Pope Francis will ride in a motorcade on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is in New York on a two-day visit carrying out a number of engagements, including a Papal motorcade through Central Park and celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Thousands of people wait to go through security screening to enter Central Park where Pope Francis will ride in a motorcade on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is in New York on a two-day visit carrying out a number of engagements, including a Papal motorcade through Central Park and celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK -- SEPTEMBER 25: People look on as Pope Francis passes through Central Park on September 25, 2015 in New York. The pope is on a six-day visit to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK -- SEPTEMBER 25: People wait for Pope Francis to pass through Central Park on September 25, 2015 in New York. The pope is on a six-day visit to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK -- SEPTEMBER 25: People wait for Pope Francis to pass through Central Park on September 25, 2015 in New York. The pope is on a six-day visit to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
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