Columbus Citizens Foundation Announces Columbus Day Parade Line-Up and Performers for Largest Celebration of Italian-American Culture on Monday, October 9

We hope that all New Yorkers will join us in celebrating the Italian-American culture and our community’s many achievements.

On Monday, October 9th, the 73rd Annual Columbus Day Parade will be held in New York City. The parade celebrates Italian-American heritage, culture and achievements with over 35,000 participants and over one million spectators. For the first time, the Parade will have the theme, “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.” The theme was created by 2017 Grand Marshal, Leonard Riggio, Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc., who will be leading the Parade with over 100 Italian-American authors.

The Parade will run north up Fifth Avenue, from 47th to 72nd Street from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Our 2017 Honorees Dr. Laura Forese, EVP and COO, New York-Presbyterian and Thomas Iovino, founder of Judlau Enterprises, will join Riggio in leading the celebration.

The Columbus Day Parade in New York City is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of Italian heritage and the creation of opportunities for younger Italian Americans, provided through their scholarship program which provides assistance to over 700 students annually.

The 73rd Columbus Day Parade is broadcast live on WABC-TV from 12 PM to 3 PM. Renowned broadcast journalist Maria Bartiromo and actor and radio host Joe Piscopo will host the broadcast, serving as Masters of Ceremonies for the largest Columbus Day Parade held in the United States. Viewers on Fifth Avenue and watching on WABC-TV can expect to see over 100 marching groups, 25 parade floats, 35 vehicles and over 15 marching bands.

Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, said of this year’s event: “As always, the Columbus Day Parade is a celebration of Italian-Americans and their contributions to America – and we are thrilled with the impact our Grand Marshal Len Riggio is making by highlighting Italian-American contributions to the world of books and literature. Each year, the Parade honors a people that transitioned from their European ancestry to be the seventh largest ethnic group in America. We hope that all New Yorkers will join us in celebrating the Italian-American culture and our community’s many…

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