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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attends Met Gala with family after criticizing it back in 2019  

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attends Met Gala after years of shunning it and bashing it as an event just for the ‘elite’

  • The mayor arrived on the red carpet in a velvet blue suit, alongside his wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante 
  • The mayor’s appearance comes less than two months before his term is set to finish and a new candidate takes over
  • De Blasio arrived on the red carpet in a velvet blue suit, while his wife wore a bright-orange frock  
  • New York Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were also in attendance 

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Looks New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is changing his tune in regards to the Met Gala.

In an unexpected appearance, de Blasio arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday night – wearing a rather flashy blue velvet patterned suit – despite previously criticizing and ridiculing the prominent event in 2019. 

‘I’m not an elite guy. Let’s make it real simple, it’s just not my thing,’ de Blasio told NY1 at the time. ‘This is the kind of place where the elite goes and likes to be with each other, and I have a different approach.’

In an unexpected appearance, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday night – despite previously criticizing and ridiculing the prominent event in 2019

In an unexpected appearance, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday night – despite previously criticizing and ridiculing the prominent event in 2019

Despite numerous protestors being arrested outside, de Blasio arrived on the red carpet in a velvet blue suit, alongside his wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante

Despite numerous protestors being arrested outside, de Blasio arrived on the red carpet in a velvet blue suit, alongside his wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante

Dante de Blasio, Bill de Blasio, and Chirlane McCray attend the The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021

Dante de Blasio, Bill de Blasio, and Chirlane McCray attend the The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021

But perhaps more than a year of lockdowns has changed De Blasio’s perspective as he decided to get dressed up to attend the swanky event alongside the likes of J-Lo, Megan Fox and Kendall Jenner. 

Despite numerous protestors being arrested outside, de Blasio arrived on the red carpet with his wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante. 

The mayor’s appearance comes less than two months before his term is set to finish and a new candidate takes over. 

It is believed that Democratic candidate Eric Adams is set to become the new New York City Mayor. 

The mayor's appearance at the Met Gala comes less than two months before his term is set to finish and a new candidate takes over

The mayor’s appearance at the Met Gala comes less than two months before his term is set to finish and a new candidate takes over

'It's really about our recovery,' he told Politico. 'The message, the goals of this gala really celebrate diversity and inclusion, the things we need to focus on, the things that make this city great,' de Blasio told Politico

‘It’s really about our recovery,’ he told Politico. ‘The message, the goals of this gala really celebrate diversity and inclusion, the things we need to focus on, the things that make this city great,’ de Blasio told Politico 

Dante de Blasio, Chirlane McCray and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion on September 13, 2021

Dante de Blasio, Chirlane McCray and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion on September 13, 2021

Bill Neidhardt, a spokesman for de Blasio, told Politico the mayor was attending ‘to highlight the resiliency of New York City’s independent designers and the comeback of fashion industry jobs.’

‘The mayor made the decision to attend months ago in one of his hours-long economic recovery war room meetings led by Lorraine Grillo,’ Neidhardt said. ‘He wanted to highlight a local designer who had been able to make it through the pandemic. It’s a notable way to grab people’s attention and highlight the return of the city’s fashion industry jobs.’

The Mayor also spoke with Politico and explained his reasoning for attending the event. 

‘It’s really about our recovery,’ he told Politico. ‘The message, the goals of this gala really celebrate diversity and inclusion, the things we need to focus on, the things that make this city great. And it’s important that this is an event looked at around the country, around the world. I wanted to support it because it’s another example of New York City coming back strong.’ 

New York politicians also attendance were Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who appeared in a white gown adorned with the bright-red words ‘TAX THE RICH.’

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