NEW YORK – Fifth Avenue was lined with Italian flags Monday for the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan.
The annual event, hosted by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, boasted 1 million viewers and participants from more than 100 groups—some from overseas—making it the world’s biggest Italian-American celebration.
More than 35,000 participants marched from 44th Street to 72nd Street with music—ranging from high school marching bands, to NYPD bagpipes, to Italian Giglio bands—floats, and plenty of statues of Columbus.
Americans were not only thankful for Columbus’s discovery of the Americas, but also for what he brought with him.
Participants and viewers came from around the tri-state area and as far away as Italy for the celebratory events.
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