The shredded documents rained down on thousands of parade-goers who lined the streets to watch the parade near Central Park on New York’s Upper West Side on Thursday.
Closer inspection showed the shredded strips of paper were readable and contained details about serving police officers, including their names, social security numbers and bank details. The documents appear to have come from the Nassau County Police Department.
Some of the confetti strips include references to Romney’s motorcade, presumably after the second presidential debate took place at Hofstra University in Nassau County last month.
Ethan Finkelstein, a university student, was at the parade when he and a friend noticed a strip of confetti on her coat. He said, “It landed on her shoulder, and it said ‘SSN’ and it was written like a social security number, and we’re like, ‘That’s really bizarre’.”
Finkelstein said he and his friends found more confetti containing more apparent police records. He said, “I’m in shock. How could this kind of information be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?”
A spokesman for Macy’s said it used ‘multicoloured confetti, not shredded paper’.