NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is promising a safe West Indian Day Parade hours after a fatal shooting near the route.
De Blasio and his wife were among hundreds of parade organizers, local dignitaries and elected officials who attended a breakfast before the start of Monday's parade.
Sporting a tribal print shirt, de Blasio said: "This parade started small, became big and is one of the great events in our city."
De Blasio didn't specifically address the violence but noted that 4,000 police officers have been assigned to the parade to help the 1 million-plus paradegoers.
The parade is stepping off hours after a 55-year-old man was killed. It was one of several shootings reported in the vicinity before the 11 a.m. parade start.