Hours After A Tragic Attack, New Yorkers Marched Forward In The Annual Halloween Parade

"The spirit of New York remains as strong as ever."

Eight people were killed and at least eleven others injured on Tuesday afternoon when a truck drove onto a bike path in Lower Manhattan. According to CNN, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack "an act of terror." The suspect was arrested.

Despite the afternoon's tragic events, New Yorkers showed their resilience Tuesday evening as the annual Village Halloween Parade went on as scheduled. According to ABC News, the New York Police Department added increased security to the event, which is attended by 2 million people and broadcast on television.

Mayor de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walked side by side in the 44th annual parade in Greenwich Village, along with costumed marchers.

"We go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever. We're not going to let them win, and if we change our lives, we contort ourselves to them, then they win and we lose," Cuomo said at a press conference after the attack, according to ABC News.

Many on Twitter were happy to see New Yorkers carrying on with the festivities instead of allowing fear to win. The Daily Beast's Erin Gloria Ryan called it "the most awesomely New York possible way to respond to a tragedy," while Yalda Hakim of the BBC wrote that "the spirit of New York remains as strong as ever." As The Week reports, pollster Frank Luntz even called it "the biggest middle finger to terrorists."

In a similar move, over the weekend Mexico City went on with its second annual Day of the Dead parade, paying tribute to the victims and heroes of the recent earthquakes which killed hundreds in the country.


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