Columbus Citizens Foundation Celebrates New York’s Italian-Americans

October 09, 2014 at 11:03 am

MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman talks to Columbus Citizens Foundation President Angelo Vivolo about the organization’s parade and other Columbus Day-related activities.

The New York City Columbus Day parade has been an annual tradition since 1929. The Columbus Citizens Foundation is responsible for putting on the parade every year. Billed as “the largest celebration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage and of Italian-American heritage and achievement in the world,” last  year’s parade attracted 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators.

The parade may be the best-known Columbus Day event, but it is part of the Columbus Day celebration which also includes a gala dinner, a wreath laying at Columbus Circle and mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The celebration raises money that the foundation uses to provide over $2 million per year in scholarships to Italian-Americans.

This year’s parade takes place Monday, October 13 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. along 5th Avenue between 47th and 72nd Streets.

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