NEW YORK CITY — Hours after a suspected terrorist drove a truck into a crowded bike path in lower Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring 11 more, New Yorkers — young and old — poured into city streets to celebrate Halloween in a defiant stand against violence and fear.
The annual Halloween parade in Greenwich Village went on as planned but with a dramatic increase in security. Among those joining the march were New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In an interview with CNN, Cuomo spoke of the city’s resilience and said he encouraged residents to join in the holiday fun.
“Tonight we are at a Halloween parade to say, ’You didn’t win. And you didn’t affect us,” Cuomo told CNN. “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 let the terrorists win. Period.”
The parade, which took place just blocks from the attack site, drew thousands of costumed marchers. Jessica Crawford, a 22-year-old native New Yorker, said she joined the festivities as a way to protest the senseless violence.
“We’re not afraid, “ Crawford told HuffPost. “Of course it’s a terrible, terrible tragedy, but this is a way to stand up against people trying to make us live in fear.”
New Yorker Jessica Crawford, 22, says marching in Halloween parade “is a way to stand up to people trying to make us live in fear.” (left) pic.twitter.com/AuivbmJf0Y— Hayley Miller (@hayleymiller01) October 31, 2017
Tiger Kandel, who owns a craft store in the Bronx, donned a homemade puppet costume. She said she came to blow off some steam and dance with her friend.
“It’s been a tough year, both as being American and personally,” said Kandel, 46. “It felt like a good time to be with people.”
Here are more photos, videos and reactions to Tuesday night’s Halloween festivities in New York City.
Revelers gather at New York City's annual Halloween parade following terror attack in lower Manhattan. https://t.co/eFZpsItKV6— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2017
Tonight younger New Yorkers trick-or-treat, older New Yorkers parade, and tomorrow we will go school & work. That is how we defy terrorism. https://t.co/sxFf04tiCl— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) November 1, 2017