Hundreds In New York Gather At Solidarity Vigil For Paris

People around the world have been showing their support for Paris in the wake of deadly terror attacks

Nov 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM ET

Hundreds of people gathered in New York City’s Washington Square Park Saturday afternoon for a quiet vigil to express solidarity with Paris after Friday’s tragic terrorist attacks. The gathering, attended by Mayor Bill de Blasio, was called “New York Is Paris.

People posted photos and videos of the event on Facebook and Twitter using hashtags #PrayForParis, #LoveToParis and #NewYorkIsParis. Tweets and Facebook posts showed people singing the French National Anthem.

The Facebook page for the event described the vigil as a “peaceful gathering,” not a demonstration. Some commenters on the page urged people who planned to attend not to protest but rather to show solidarity with Paris and respect to the victims.

New York’s was not the only such event. Vigils took place all across the globe in the wake of the attacks, and international landmarks were lit up with the colors of the French flag. More events were planned for Saturday night in a number of cities, including London, Toronto, Belfast, Montreal and Chicago.

New York is Paris. #prayforparis, #newyorkisparis

Posted by NYDeTour on Saturday, November 14, 2015