Revelers who joined the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade
said they were painfully aware that eight people were killed in
what authorities say was an act of terrorism but carried on with
the festivities to show fortitude and solidarity with the
"You gotta live your life, you can’t let things like this
discourage you,” said 60-year old Michael Spain along the route.
“As sobering as they are, you still gotta come out and enjoy
stuff like this - or they win."
Thousands of people in costumes took part in the annual
celebration along Greenwich Village's Sixth Avenue, typically
one of the nation's largest Halloween parades. Hundreds of
uniformed police officers maintained a steady presence
throughout the mile-long route.
"Out of an abundance of caution, you will see an increase of
NYPD personnel throughout NYC, including the Halloween Parade,"
the New York City Police Department said on Twitter.
Among the participants were a Rio de Janeiro-style group with
the drums, witches and ghosts, and a massive Día de los Muertos
group with 12-foot-tall skeletons.
"Tonight we're at a Halloween parade to say, you didn't win and
you didn't affect us, and we're out and we're celebrating and
we're doing what New Yorkers do and we're living our lives
because we're not going to allow the terrorists to win. Period,"
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN.
"And that's why I'm here marching in the parade, not because I
have a great costume." said Cuomo, who was dressed in a suit and
Jorge Arias, the owner of a wine shop and an adjacent bar near
King Street, said that the crowd was slightly smaller than in
past years but not by much.
“By 5 o’clock the street was a bit empty and last year it was
already full,” Arias, 42, said in Spanish. "But now the crowds
are more normal compared to last year. Maybe a little less, but
almost the same.”
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing
by Frank McGurty and Michael Perry)
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