NEW YORK – As spectators of all ages oohed and ahhed as giant inflated characters winded their way through Manhattan in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, police arrested multiple protesters attempting to stop the parade.
WHNT News 19’s sister station PIX11 in New York reported Police arrested multiple people at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday after a protesters broke from their designated route and clashed with officers.
Pix11 said the New York Police Department said a group of people tried to overturn a trash can and run toward the parade route.
Roughly 50 protesters gathered and were allowed by police to walk from 5th Ave. and 42nd down to 37th street. Once the reached 37th street they were directed to continue west along 37th, but a group tried to turn east toward the Macy’s route.
Protesters organized the gathering using the hashtag #stoptheparade on Twitter. The hashtag is tied to many recent national protests following the Ferguson grand jury returning no indictment against officer Darren Wilson.
The protesters at the parade held signs decrying the Darren Wilson jury decision and the recent deaths of Akai Gurley, Eric Garner and Tamil Brown, all killed by police officers.
The hashtag #stoptheparade has been trending on Twitter since before the arrests.
The protesters arrested in New York were loaded onto a police bus and removed.
Some protesters were still on the parade route protesting peacefully near 6th Ave. and 37th as of 9:20 a.m