New York Mayor A Pirate? Bill De Blasio’s Choice Suprises Everyone At Zany Parade

After successfully projecting himself as the man of the people last year, current New York Mayor Bill De Blasio became a pirate on Saturday.

De Blasio showed up for Saturday’s zany Coney Island Mermaid Parade wearing a complete Pirate outfit. His choice of wardrobe, which surprised everyone, included a puffy pirate shirt, skull-and-crossbones cap, and, of course, a pirate’s hat. He also brandished a less-than-realistic looking sword. The people of Coney Island were surely in for a very rare treat since organizers are claiming he’s the first mayor ever to come in costume.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio With His Wife & Kids

But that’s not all! De Blasio even got his entire brood to participate with him. De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, and their daughter, Chiara (kee-AHR’-uh) De Blasio, chose blue and gold mermaid dresses. De Blasio’s son, Dante, was bare-chested and painted blue. Dante and Chiara were chosen King Neptune and Queen Mermaid of the parade, reported silive.

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The annual parade is claimed to be the largest in the nation. It is a celebration of ancient mythology and rituals of the seaside. Meant to celebrate the local art and community pride, the parade appears to actually applaud the never-ending entrepreneurial spirit of the city and the country. Initially, the parade was founded with three intentions: bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune, create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment,” and let artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.

Bill De Blasio may have shown the true spirit of New York and America, but he has tough times ahead of him. The Mayor will have to steer his party amidst uproar of escalating expenditure. The people are especially weary because De Blasio successfully pushed through a massive $75 billion city budget recently.

Buccaneer Bill seemed to neatly channel his inner booty bandit as he marched alongside his family of blue-painted scallywags, reported the New York Post. However, critics immediately pounced on the opportunity to liken the choice of costume to the mayor’s way of running one of the most financially vital states in the country.

Mike Long, chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State, couldn’t resist taking a dig at De Blasio, “You could call it a pirate theory. It’s finding a way to reach into the pockets of people who have worked hard and done well for themselves,” he said. While Louie Ortiz, a 64-year-old engineer, quipped, “He’s done a few things that are a little shady so far, so we’re keeping an eye on him… His costume is sort of an omen.”

[Image Credit | Benny J. Stumbo, Gregory P. Mango via NY Post, Tina Fineberg via silive]

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