Councilor at Large John R. Connolly’s head swiveled from one side of the parade route to the other Sunday. Scanning the crowd along State Street, the brassy sound of a nearby marching band in the air, the mayoral hopeful searched for a specific type of parade-goer: a local.
“This is a tricky stretch. It’s all tourists,” he said while walking down the middle of the street in the North End Columbus Day Parade.
“You got to find the Bostonians,” Connolly added, before quickly moving, hand extended, toward a group of supporters.
Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh, the two vying to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino, worked the parade route that snaked around and through the North End, with a little over three weeks before Boston voters head to the polls.
Over a long weekend in the heart of a tourist-friendly city, however, voters sometimes proved tough to find.
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