Lightfoot says city reviewing security plans for Thanksgiving Parade following Waukesha tragedy

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People gather in Waukesha's Cutler Park for a candlelight vigil for those affected by the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy. Photo credit Scott Ash / USA TODAY NETWORK

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In light of the mass casualties from this week’s holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city is reviewing its security plan for upcoming events.

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is scheduled for Thursday morning and Lightfoot said she’s having her team review security plans even though she believes what Chicago does keeps people safe.

"Whenever something like this happens across the country, as a mayor you think, ‘Are we protected? Are we safe?," she said referring to the recent incident in Waukesha.

An SUV driven by suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. plowed into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring 48.

"We had several big events downtown just this past weekend with the tree-lighting ceremony and with the parade on Michigan Avenue and I will tell you it leads to a lot of traffic issues but we lock it down," Lightfoot said.

The mayor said police SUV's and infrastructure equipment like trucks are used to block streets. She also said her heart goes out to the people of Waukesha for what they’ve endured this week especially children whose memories of their holiday parade will be marred by what happened over the weekend.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature Teddy the Turkey, the parade’s mascot as well as giant balloon figures and an appearance by Santa Claus.