Grace VanderWaal preps for parade

The finishing touches were prepped for Thursday’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Parade balloons started filling up on the Upper West Side Wednesday afternoon.

Suffern's Grace VanderWaal will sing at Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Suffern's Grace VanderWaal will sing at Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. (11/23/16)

NEW YORK - The finishing touches were prepped for Thursday’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Parade balloons started filling up on the Upper West Side Wednesday afternoon.

Also, Rockland County's Grace VanderWaal was spotted practicing outside the Macy's in Herald Square. The 12-year-old from Suffern, who made national headlines winning "America's Got Talent," will be performing in the parade tomorrow.

Parade goers can expect increased security by the NYPD around Herald Square and other areas along the parade route. More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used at intersections and other strategic spots along the 2 ½ mile parade route to create an imposing physical barrier to terror. The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand. "You can ram a New York City Sanitation Department sand truck with a lot of things, but you're not going to move it," said John Miller, the New York Police Department's top counterterrorism official.

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