Behind City Hall Sunday afternoon hundreds gathered to celebrate Latin heritage, while a few blocks away a similar crowd congregated to mark the end of the weekend-long Italian Festival.
Populations new and old to the city finding common ground on a bright, optimistic late-summer day. And then … the sound of gunfire. People running, screaming. One person shot, several arrested.
This, Hitch is sure, was not what city leaders (or Petula Clark) had in mind.