Mayor Bill de Blasio just discovered a whole new world of people who can’t stand him. Hizzoner was ruthlessly jeered at Monday’s Columbus Day Parade, where several members of the crowd shouted obscenities and insults at him as he made his return to the yearly Italian American celebration.
“F–k you, you piece of s–t,” a man yelled at the mayor, igniting applause from other attendees.
“F–k you, de Blasio. You piece of garbage,” screamed another as the mayor strolled down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. “Get out of here, you piece of s–t. You’re garbage.”
East Villager Suzan Miller waved an Italian flag as she explained to The Post why she felt the mayor received such a cold reception.
“I love my New York people. I love my blue. I’m tired of the crime. I’m tired of him dividing people,” she fumed. “He can go to God—n hell.”
Several hecklers peppered de Blasio with derision as he took photos with Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The archbishop of New York, however, defended de Blasio.
“All I can say is this: He and I have gotten along well. We talk candidly and disagree on stuff, but he’s been a gentleman. We’ve worked together. Have there been controversies? Sure,” Dolan told The Post. “In general, I’m grateful — very grateful — that we got along so well.”
The parade participants — numbering a “less than usual” under 10,000, according to the NYPD — weren’t as happy with the mayor.
“Yeah for the FDNY, boo for you,” one said.
“Can’t wait for you to leave,” jeered another at the lame-duck mayor.
“You suck,” one taunted de Blasio with their thumbs down.
The reaction came as no surprise to Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who predicted de Blasio would be derided at the event celebrating Italian heritage.
“I’m looking forward to Bill de Blasio being booed,” the Guardian Angels founder said when asked what he was looking forward to about the event. “He got elected saying he was 100 percent Italian, now watch the Italians boo him!”
Before the event, the mayor said he’s “very proud” of his Italian heritage, and that it can be honored alongside Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
“Italian Americans, tens of millions of Italians Americans, came to this country, made this country a better place. You’ve got to honor the Italian American people. That’s what the day should be about,” he told a group of reporters before marching. “It doesn’t have to be a contradiction. Let’s love and respect Italian American heritage. I’m very, very proud of it. Let’s also acknowledge the history of Native Americans and support them.”
Though he is of Italian ancestry through his mother’s side, de Blasio has often not enjoyed a close relationship with the Big Apple’s Italian American community.
In 2019, the mayor was ripped when his wife, Chirlane McCray, removed Mother Frances Cabrini, America’s first canonized saint, from a list of honored women under consideration for a statue in the five boroughs.
Last year, de Blasio sparked outrage from his fellow Italian Americans when the city public school system scrapped Columbus Day, replacing it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Also in 2020, de Blasio was excluded from New York’s major Columbus Day event. The head of the Columbus Citizens Foundation told The Post that the mayor was not invited to speak at the virtual event after the cancellation of the in-person occasion due to the pandemic.
“No, he wasn’t invited,” Angelo Vivolo, chairman of the foundation that hosts the annual Columbus Day Parade, told The Post at the time