NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) sported a rainbow tie for the Gay Pride Parade. He wore an "I Love LA" shirt and warbled that song on national TV to pay off a bet. He even donned a pirate outfit — puffy shirt and all — for a hipster parade in Brooklyn.
De Blasio isn't afraid to be bold —and, at times, downright goofy — in his appearance and manner. It's an everyman image that meshes with his populist politics and his pledge to address the city's growing income inequality.
While experts say it could make him more relatable to the public, the risk is that if taken too far, it could cost him the gravitas needed to run the nation's largest city.