New York City's annual Village Halloween Parade went on as scheduled, despite the terror attack that left at least 8 people dead and multiple others injured.
On Tuesday afternoon, a suspect drove a rented pickup truck onto a bike path and then rammed into pedestrians and cyclists. The suspect, who reportedly shouted "Allahu akbar" after crashing, was shot by police and taken into custody. He remains hospitalized.
Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, who is from Uzbekistan and was in the U.S. on a green card.
Fox News' Eric Shawn reported that revelers were out in force in spite of - and perhaps in response to - the tragedy.
"It really is a celebration of life," Shawn said, explaining that people told him it was important for America to be defiant in the face of such evil.
"I hesitated to come out, and then my friend said, 'No, go have some fun and just be careful,'" one woman said. "So I'm here."
"I refuse to live in fear. Absolutely not," a man said. "This is about having fun and the whole bit. I refuse to live in a box."
Another parade attendee, who was visiting the U.S. from Belgium, said it's important not to let an attack like this change how we live our lives.
The NYPD added more officers and blocker trucks along the parade route in response to the attack.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among the parade attendees.
"We go forward together and we go forward stronger than ever. We're not going to let them win, and if we change our lives, we contort ourselves to them, then they win and we lose," Cuomo said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
The 44th annual parade was reportedly attended by more than two million people.
Mere hours after a dastardly #terrorattack, folks in Manhattan turned out for a MASSIVE Halloween Parade!
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 1, 2017
— Roselene Dolce (@RoseleneDolce) November 1, 2017
Halloween parade, New York City. These witches don't scare easy. pic.twitter.com/XkvFR2yYRI
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) November 1, 2017
— Rania Berro (@Ayonadre) October 31, 2017
— Akash Lodh (@akashlodh) November 1, 2017
New York City is marching in annual Halloween parade and I’m crying, because NO ONE CAN STOP NYC, NO ONE! #Manhattan
— Angie (@angiedam2) November 1, 2017
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