NEW YORK (AP) — Getting tickets was the easy part.
Being among the 80,000 New Yorkers who won a lottery for a spot on Pope Francis’ motorcade route through Central Park means they will have to endure long lines, tight security and hours of waiting before the pontiff even gets there. And they’ll do it without being allowed the comfort of chairs, blankets, coolers or umbrellas.
The pope’s 12-block processional along Central Park’s West Drive on Friday was a late addition to his schedule after morning appearances at the United Nations and the Sept. 11 museum and before an evening Mass at Madison Square Garden.
Attendees can bring water and snacks, personal cameras and strollers for small children, but that’s it. Prohibited items include alcohol, large bags, signs, selfie sticks or drones.