Columbus Day commemorates Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. October 12th is the actual date but in the US Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday of October as a Federal Holiday since 1971 (Initially Roosevelt made October 12th Federal Holiday back in the 1934). In New York a parade takes place since 1929 with more than 35 thousand participants and more than 1 million followers, with bands, floats and contingents.
Video Columbus Day The Parade 2016
The parade begins from Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and continues along Fifth Avenue to 79th street. Columbus Day is the largest celebration of Italian-American culture in the World. Being a federal holiday all governmental offices, banks and schools are closed, as well as embassies and consulates. Not to be missed is the Empire State Building lit in white red and green to reproduce the Italian flag.
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It was 2012 when we were lucky enough to have a close encounter with the great navigator Christopher Columbus and here is our video.
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