New York prepares for thanksgiving parade as Islamic State threat looms
Millions of New Yorkers and tourists are expected to line the streets on Thursday for the parade.
New York: 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.
"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 football 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.