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Columbus Day Parade 2021

The celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas

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The biggest celebration of American-Italian culture in the world, the Columbus Day parade attracts around a million spectators and 35,000 marchers each year. For over 73 years, Fifth Avenue is filled with Italian flags and people dressed as Christopher Columbus. Marching school band​s, professional musicians, and traditional folk groups perform on their way from Midtown to Upper East Side, creating a lively atmosphere.​​

The Columbus Day parade praises the courage and spirit of exploration that motivated Christopher Columbus back in the 15th century to sail across the Atlantic and open a new world. It's one of the main events in NYC in the fall.

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