Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin marched in an upstate parade, schmoozed with Rudy Giuliani at a Yankees game and spoke on behalf of people with developmental disabilities at a Long Island event to cap off a busy two-day tour of New York.
Palin was being honored Sunday at an anniversary celebration for the Long Island-based Independent Group Home Living Inc. She was joined by her husband, daughter Willow and a sister.
"We brought her here because of her advocacy and her stance as a parent," Walter Stockton, head of the group that honored Palin, told the New York Daily News. "Whether she was a Republican or Democrat really didn't matter to us."
Palin called for measures during a speech Sunday night to make life better for people with developmental disabilities.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate's son Trig has Down syndrome.
Palin said God has shown her family through the example of her son that "every single person has purpose no matter their developmental abilities."
The former Vice Presidential candidate spent the afternoon in Bronx with Giuliani at a Yankees game. Palin snapped photos with the former mayor's wife before leaving the game in the sixth inning.
More than 20,000 people saw Palin on Saturday in upstate Auburn, where she led a parade to celebrate Founder's Day and helped raise money for a museum honoring William Seward, the secretary of state who acquired Alaska for the United States.
While Palin's trip was hailed as nonpolitical, the lipstick wearing pit bull took a few shots against Pres. Barack Obama's national security and energy policies and his handling of the nation's economic crisis on Saturday.
"It's clear to many that some of our priorities as a nation are reversed,'' Palin told the several hundred people who each paid $100 or more to attend a garden party on the museum grounds in Auburn. "Alaskans get tired of hearing that Washington bureaucrats know what's best for us so we push and fight and challenge decisions made inside the Beltway when they are not in the best interests of the country, and we know that decisions that are being made recently are not in the country's best interests.''
Palin, who emerged as a leading voice in the Republican Party after Arizona Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate in the contest against Obama, is thought to be considering a run for president in 2012. Auburn residents welcomed her to the podium at City Hall with a chant of "Run, Sarah, run!''