NEW YORK – The West Indian Day Parade rolled through New York City’s streets Monday but again was marred by pre-dawn violence that left one man dead and an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in critical condition. Cuomo identified the staffer as 43-year-old Carey Gabay.
Police say Gabay was walking with his brother near the Brooklyn parade route at 3:40 a.m. when he was caught in the crossfire between gangs and shot in the head. The pair was walking back from a party celebrating pre-parade festivities.
Police also say a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death around 2 a.m.
The parade celebrates Caribbean culture and features outlandish costumes, indigenous foods, loud music and dancing.