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Small Army of Sanitation Workers Ready to Clean Up Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Leftovers

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 08-59, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As soon as Santa's sleigh passes by tomorrow morning ushering in the traditional start of the holiday season, a small army of Department of Sanitation workers will sweep in to clean up tons of debris left behind by the hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route of the 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The DSNY team will consist of 80 Sanitation Workers and 10 Officers. The crews will use 16 mechanical brooms, 16 hand brooms, 20 backpack litter blowers, 11 collection trucks and two open-body trucks to cart away the festive leftovers from along the parade route from West 77th Street and Central Park West, all the way down to West 34th Street and Broadway.

Last year, the DSNY crews picked up 36 and a half tons of debris.

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said "We are honored, as always, to be the last contingent in every Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Department takes this assignment very seriously and the workers assigned to the parade's cleanup wish all parade goers a fantastic morning of giant balloon gazing, and good clean family fun. And maybe at the Thanksgiving meal, you can give thanks for the dedicated men and women of New York's Strongest who have helped to make New York City the cleanest it has been in nearly 35 years."