We surprised he didn’t have his boss Al Sharpton marching with him.
Mayor de Blasio got a hero’s welcome over the summer in Italy — but when he marched up Fifth Avenue for the Columbus Day Parade on Monday, he was treated just like any other politician.
Light applause and a scattering of boos greeted the mayor — who emphasizes his Italian roots — at the nation’s largest celebration of Italian-American pride.
Some paradegoers were even hostile.
“He’s horrible,” said Staten Island resident Liz Musto, 57. “We need to get rid of him.”
One dissatisfied taxpayer even heckled Hizzoner with chants of “socialist,” while several more fixated on the mess surrounding top aide and former Rev. Al Sharpton press secretary Rachel Noerdlinger.
“He should get rid of her right away,” said Joe Pantano of Queens, who took in the parade on his lunch break. “He shouldn’t even think twice about that.”
Gina DeMarco, a schoolteacher from Pelham Bay, described herself as “not a big fan” of the mayor, saying Noerdlinger “should be gone, no questions asked.”
Noerdlinger’s career is on life support and she’ll be gone as soon as Sharpton gives his approval.