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After bloodshed, some in NYC question parade

September 6, 2011 • National News


Dressed to take part in the festivities, Irene Aranda, foreground, and Patsy Miller wait for the start of the West Indian Day Parade Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

NEW YORK (AP) — Some city residents wondered Tuesday if it’s time to pull the plug on the gaudy West Indian Day parade after three people, including a woman sitting outside her home, were shot to death just blocks from its route.

“I was saying to myself a while ago they probably should shut it down,” said Winston Thomas, a 66-year-old who moved from Jamaica to Brooklyn, site of the annual Caribbean-themed Labor Day parade, 40 years ago. “If you create this kind of atmosphere where you’re killing people all the time, it don’t make sense. … I stay away from it.”

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