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Pols use West Indian Day Parade to campaign one last major time before primary election

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Flag bearer: Former comptroller and current mayoral candidate Bill Thompson showed his love for the Caribbean culture at the annual West Indian Day Parade.
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Taking part in the festivities: Borough President Markowitz, who served as one of the grand marshals of this year’s parade, stood along side City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn at the celebration.
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High five: Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio amped up parade-goers as he marched along Eastern Parkway during the annual parade.
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Marching on: Former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman and current mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota also made an appearance at the 46th annual parade that made its way through Crown Heights.
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Parading through: District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is up for re-election, also marched with supporters.
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Mixing and mingling: Once disgraced ex-governor and city comptroller hopeful Elliot Spitzer greeted spectators at the annual parade.
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All riled up: Shamed former congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner reportedly spoke in a Caribbean accent at the West Indian Day Parade.

The annual West Indian Day Parade wasn’t just a jubilant celebration of Caribbean culture this year, it was also one last major chance for New York City politicians to campaign one more time before the upcoming primary election.

With the Sept. 10 primary election just around the corner, mayoral candidates used the 46th annual parade that drew thousands as an opportunity to mix and mingle with revelers in the two-mile parade route along Eastern Parkway on Monday.

Mayoral hopefuls on hand included City Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota, and former congressman Anthony Weiner, who reportedly spoke in a Caribbean accent to parade-goers.

“Anybody here from Jamaica?” Weiner shouted into a microphone in the fake accent as he was caught on video. “Anybody here from Barbados? Anybody here from Guyana?”

Then, ditching the island-inspired accent, Weiner yelled, “Anybody here from Staten Island?”

The shamed politician who rode through the parade atop his very on float also made the headlines last month when he mocked a British television reporter.

Other politicians who used the parade as an opportunity to spotlight themselves and greet parade-goers included District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is up for re-election, and once disgraced ex-governor and current City Comptroller hopeful Elliot Spitzer.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
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Reasonable discourse

Homey from Crooklyn says:
I'm taking up a collection to buy Weiner a sense of shame.
Sept. 4, 2013, 7:47 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This is not something new, and politicians have a history of using parades to promote their campaigns.
Sept. 4, 2013, 2:52 pm

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