Despite Storm Devastation, New York City Moves Forward With Veterans Day Parade
Annual parade expecting upwards of 600,000 people
New York City is moving forward with its annual Veterans Day Parade today, the first major event since canceling the New York Marathon.
The Veterans Day Parade is expected to attract crowds of more than 600,000 people to central Manhattan and will be a major test for the city as it continues to clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
Authorities in the area said they did not have access to enough alternative housing or hotel rooms for all those who have been displaced, leading to thousands of people being forced into temporary shelters and tent cities, according to Reuters.
There were still more than a quarter of a million customers without power in the region. New Yorkers also faced their second day of gasoline rationing with odd- and even-numbered license plates only allowed to fill up on alternate days.