NYC Cutbacks Could Mean Less Balloons and Floats for Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City cutbacks could mean less of the
world-famous balloons and floats at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Police said Monday that the city's parade organizers need to
shorten their parade routes 25 percent and the parades must be kept
under five hours.

The police department says the goal is to reduce costs
associated with planned events. The department is trying to avoid
cuts in necessary services and expects the move to save $3.1
million.

The changes go into effect April 1. It wasn't immediately clear
how the city's many parades would be affected.

Macy's spokesman Orlando Veras says parade organizers are
working with police to figure out how the new rules will affect the
popular Thanksgiving parade's route.

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