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West Indian Day Parade in NYC marred by violence

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 9:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP):

The West Indian Day Parade which kicked off in New York City, yesterday, has been marred by violence.

One man was stabbed to death early yesterday in Brooklyn, and others were wounded by gunfire. Governor Andrew Cuomo said a man critically injured by a random bullet to the head is a Harvard educated lawyer who works for the Empire State Development Corporation.

The raucous parade celebrating Caribbean culture features outlandish costumes, indigenous foods, loud music and scores of dancers.

It's also a significant political moment. Elected officials from across the city attended a breakfast before marching.

The festivities are expected to be the first time since July that Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio attend the same public event. The two have been engaged in a monthslong feud.

- AP