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De Blasio pledges Thanksgiving parade will have no incidents

Mayor de Blasio pledged Wednesday that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade would go off without a hitch, even amid increased concerns about terrorism in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

“The NYPD is taking the situation very seriously and as usual, is highly prepared,” de Blasio said during an interview on WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York.” “This is one of the biggest events in the country … the preparation is outstanding.”

“You’re going to see a large police presence and that should be reassuring to a lot of people,” he added about the famous yearly parade. “I understand people’s anxieties of course but we should recognize that the NYPD has done this work very very well.”

De Blasio has repeatedly vowed to keep New York safe amid increased worries over terrorism in the days since ISIS terrorists tore threw Paris with a slew of attacks that killed 129.

On Monday, the State Department issued a global travel alert to U.S. citizens, warning of the increased likelihood of terror attacks across the world. The terse warning, posted on the State Department website, said American travelers should use “particular caution” in the coming weeks and through Feb. 24.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD is taking the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade “very seriously” and is “highly prepared,” and pledged the parade would go off without a problem.

The alert was sparked by concerns from authorities that members of ISIS who went to Syria and Iraq to train will now be returning to Europe and the U.S. Their reentries could be timed to coincide with the busiest travel season of the year and large gatherings related to Christmas or Thanksgiving.

In the days since the attack, controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump has called on authorities to increase surveillance of mosques throughout the U.S. — an idea de Blasio has vehemently opposed.

Last year, de Blasio dropped the NYPD unit that had been carrying out such duties, a decision he defended Wednesday.

“We were alienating people in the Muslim-American community that we should have had as friends and allies,” he said of the NYPD’s Demographics Unit. The city, de Blasio said, must keep people in the community as allies to “give us leads, insights where someone may have been on the wrong track.”

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