It is safe to say the 2021 New York City Columbus Day Parade is one celebration, mayor Bill de Blasio wants to forget.
This scenario developed after de Blasio was ruthlessly jeered at Monday’s Columbus Day Parade, where several members of the crowd shouted obscenities and insults at him as he made his return to the yearly Italian American celebration.
One of the parade attendee East Villager Suzan Miller said many people are angry at de Blasio because of the rising crimes and his policies that tend to divide people.
“I love my New York people. I love my blue. I’m tired of the crime. I’m tired of him dividing people,” Mille said.
Sources said as de Blasio was taking photos with Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, several hecklers peppered de Blasio with derision.
Despite the jeers, the archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan still defended de Blasio.
“All I can say is this: He and I have gotten along well. We talk candidly and disagree on stuff, but he’s been a gentleman. We’ve worked together. Have there been controversies? Sure,” Dolan said.
The NYPD said an estimated 10,000 people attended this year’s parade.