Everyone is Italian for a day in New York on Columbus Day! Come out for the parade, a family-friendly celebration filled with colorful floats, rousing marching bands and musical performances. Joseph R. Perella, a philanthropist and Wall Street dealmaker, was named the Grand Marshal of New York City’s 69th Annual Columbus Celebration that takes place on Fifth Avenue, Monday, October 14, 2013, 11am.
Expect about a million spectators and 35,000 marchers at this televised event. Participants will march from 47th Street to 72nd Street. Stage acts will take place at a "red carpet" area between 68th and 69th Streets. Special passes are needed to get up close to these events.
What is Columbus Day? Columbus Day honors Italian Americans and coincides with Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of America on October 12, 1492.
Things to do: Visit Little Italy for a great meal and a stroll down memory lane exploring Italian immigrant history. The Italian American Museum on Mulberry Street features a small permanent collection and special exhibits. Visit Columbus Circle, a transportation and shopping hub, to view a Columbus monument created by sculptor Gaetano Russo. For more information, visit columbuscitizensfd.org.
Native Americans: Although Columbus Day is observed as a national holiday, many people choose to also recognize, honor and celebrate America’s First People. Native American exhibits can be viewed at most NY museums, especially at Museo del Barrio. Sadly, the Smithsonian National Native American Museum is closed due to the government shutdown! But you can read more about the untold Columbus story at: http://www.understandingprejudice.org/nativeiq/columbus.htm. For national events featuring Native music, dance, film, go to: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/recognizing-and-celebrating-first-peoples-on-columbus-day%3A-a-guide-to-events-across-indian-country-138138.