On Not Being Scared of a Halloween Attack

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Sand trucks will be rolled out along the route before the 7pm kickoff time for the parade.

He urged New Yorkers to be more vigilant and said police presence would be stepped up across the city, adding, 'New Yorkers are resilient; our spirit will never be moved'.

Participants said they chose to attend despite the attack in order to show their resilience.

"But that's why I love this city - everyone just carries on".

Thousands turn out every year for the parade, which has turned into one of the largest public Halloween celebrations in the nation.

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"If you change your life then the bad guys win", another attendee told CNN's Jason Carroll. The last terrorist assault on NY left almost 3,000 dead and a smoking, monstrous pile that took a year to remove and a decade to replace; this scene could be back to normal in a day or two, though the candle-burning and piled-up floral tributes will surely linger for a while. "We're living our lives because we're not going to allow the terrorists to win, period".

New York City Mayor de Blasio condemned the "particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians" would not break the city's spirit.

The parade, which is open to anyone in a costume, started in 1973 with a puppeteer marching with his family.

At least 8 people dead and more than a dozen others injured, but Halloween rages on. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the route as the parade began.

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