Columbus Day 2013: Columbus Day Parade in NYC and other events

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  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Columbus Day Parade

Photograph: Marielle Solan

Columbus Day Parade

Capra, Scorsese, Cuomo, Snooki: We love our Italian Americans. Every October since 1929, we get to celebrate them on the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s greatest discovery—America (more or less). This year’s Columbus Day Parade, on October 14, will feature Italian-music performers and the sounds of "Il Canto degli Italiani," the Italian national anthem. At least 35,000 participants are expected to march along Fifth Avenue, but each year more than a million people actually come to cheer. And if you’re not much of a walker, opt for a glimpse at the statue of Columbus at the top of the Columbus Circle monument.


What is Columbus Day?

Columbus Day marks the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. In the United States, the holiday is dedicated to celebrating Italian-American heritage.

When is Columbus Day?

Christopher Columbus arrived October 12, 1492, but since 1970, the United States has observed the occasion on the second Monday of every October. This year, the holiday will fall on October 14, 2013.

Things to do and places to visit

Columbus Day Parade 2013

  • Critics choice
  • Free

He may be one of the most popular failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance?

Columbus Circle

  • Free

This plaza, bordering Central Park, serves as a transportation hub and shopping venue. In the center, a marble statue of Christopher Columbus sits atop a 70-foot granite column; the monument was created by sculptor Gaetano Russo in 1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of the explorer's first voyage to America.

  1. Central Park South, (at Central Park West)
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Italian American Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

Though this institution originally opened in 2001, it has called its current location—in Banca Stabile, a 19th-century bank founded by Francesco Rosario Stabile—home since 2008. Fittingly, the building is in the heart of Little Italy. At the museum, you'll find a small permanent collection devoted to the history of Italian-Americans, as well as the occasional special exhibit.

  1. 155 Mulberry St, (at Grand St)
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New York Hispanic Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This yearly Columbus Day–weekend parade takes over Fifth Avenue with lively music and groups of brightly costumed dancers, each representing a different Latin American country. Fifth Ave from 44th to 77th Sts. Subway: D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sun Oct 13
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