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Columbus Day Parade returns to NYC’s 5th Avenue

by Valeria Rubino on October 11, 2021 by

After last year’s pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Columbus Day Parade returned to New York City today, marching up 5th Avenue from 44th street to 72nd street.

The world’s largest celebration of the Italian American pride and heritage included more than 100 floats, musical bands and representatives of many Italian American cultural institutions.

(Columbus Day Parade. Photos by La Media Italia New York)

Columbus Day Parade. Photo by La Media Italia New York

It was the first large-scale parade since the onset of the pandemic. More than 100 groups, made of about 35,000 participants, marched in the parade to celebrate Italians, their culture and their many accomplishments in this country. Tens of thousands of spectators waved green, white and red Italian flags.

Columbus Day Parade. Photo by La Media Italia New York

New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul was among the leaders in attendance.

The Columbus Day Federal Holiday has faced a lot of criticism lately from activists alleging that Christopher Columbus kicked off centuries of exploitation and enslavement of native people.

Columbus Day Parade. Photo by La Media Italia New York

President Biden recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day, observed on October 11th along with Columbus Day. While some U.S. communities replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, other States celebrate both holidays on the same day.

Hundreds of people gathered today on Randall’s Island to honor the Native American heritage and culture with the 7th annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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