Like countless previous New York parades the 2019 Veterans Day Parade featured many New York elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a first, however, it also included an adjacent appearance by the U.S. president, as President Donald Trump spoke at the pre-parade ceremony in Madison Square Park. Trump departed immediately after the pre-parade ceremony, however, and did not attend or march in the parade. Mayor de Blasio attended the pre-parade ceremony, but Gov. Cuomo did not.
President Trump and Mayor de Blasio drew significant negative reactions from parade goers with many attendees displaying anti-Trump signs, particularly near the Madison Square Park ceremony. Some Trump supporting attendees waved signs and flags on the route, including one particularly vocal pocket of Trump supporters. Just a few anti-de Blasio signs were spotted during the parade, but he drew significant boos and catcalls as he marched.