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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center right, with other dignitaries as they march along Fifth Ave. during the 53rd annual Celebrate Israel Parade

Security is tight in New York City as police gear up for the Celebrate Israel Parade which steps off at 11 am Sunday at 57th Street, proceeding up Fifth Avenue to Central Park.

More than a thousand NYPD police officers, bomb-sniffing dogs, police snipers deployed on rooftops along the route and radiation-detection devices are being employed to protect marchers and spectators.

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Sanitation trucks filled with sand are parked along the route as well, blocking streets, to prevent vehicle ramming attacks.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.