The main political event at the parade was Colin Powell endorsing Michael Bloomberg for re-election.
"Look at the record of performance in the years that Mike has been mayor," said Powell, "and then base your vote on that performance. But also on the potential for what he can do in the next four years."
After the endorsement, the mayor's campaign let everyone know about it.
Bloomberg's campaign had lots of people on that job.
From a man who is not a Bloomberg fan.
Sometimes, a hand gesture will get the message across.
The most organized anti-Bloomberg effort at the parade came from the Transport Workers Union, whose members carried anti-Bloomberg signs along the entire parade route.
The giant T.W.U. signs are meant to communicate with T.W.U. members. It says so in the small-ish print at the top of their signs.
Outgoing T.W.U. president Roger Toussaint manages another one of the union's signs during the parade.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson shook hands and thanked a supporter who shouted encouragement.