Republican/Conservative mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis marched in the Pulaski Day Parade Sunday, one of the few elected officials to participate. The parade celebrates Polish-American pride, conceived to honor General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish aristocrat and American Revolutionary War hero. Other electeds participating included Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Assembly Member Joe Lentol. Malliotakis’ mayoral rivals Bill de Blasio, Bo Dietl and Sal Albanese did not attend.
Malliotakis received a warm welcome from a light crowd. In an unusual circumstance Malliotakis ended up marching most of the route in a quiet envelope. For a time there was a gap of several empty blocks both ahead and behind Malliotakis and her campaign supporters, providing an unusually parade environment. The silence quieted the mood a bit, but it allowed easy hearing of anything shouted from the crowd. Those shouts were a scattered but steady stream of supportive statements, drawing waves and the occasional shout back from the candidate as she moved expeditiously up Fifth Avenue.