NYPD’s overtime cost for Macy’s parade beats daily Occupy bill

A Sonic the Hedgehog balloon at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Floating turkeys cost more to guard than one day of monitoring Occupy Wall Street protesters, according to a new report.

According to the New York World, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cost $192,000 in police overtime last year – and that’s more than an average day of police guarding Occupy Wall Street.

The NYPD estimates that paying police officers overtime for Occupy Wall Street-related events adds up to $8 million so far.

That means the daily cost is about $129,000 – under the expense for cops along the parade’s route.

By the numbers

$192,000–
The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade cost
$192,000– in police overtime in 2010, according to the Independent Budget Office.



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